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The Cambridge History of American Music : Cambridge History of Music - David Nicholls

The Cambridge History of American Music

Cambridge History of Music

By: David Nicholls (Editor)


Published: 28th June 2004
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The Cambridge History of American Music celebrates the richness of America's musical life. It is the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. The History begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the social, historical, and cultural events of musical life in the period until 1900. Other contributors examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also includes valuable chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions.

'Unlike European musical history, the terra incognita of American music for non-specialists is the pre-modern era. The first half of The Cambridge History of American Music covers all aspects of this period and is worth the price of the whole.' Times Literary Supplement 'Enjoyable and non-technical, this fine volume has much to offer to all those interested in the highways and byways of the American musical landscape.' BBC Music Magazine '... copes with its subject's pluralism by employing many authorities, collated under a general editor, David Nicholls, whose approach is as far-sighted as it is intelligent.' Tempo 'The generally high quality of the essays as well as the admirable and unexpected liveliness of the book as a whole shows the virtue of Nicholls's approach.' Journal of the American Musicological Society

Notes on contributors
EditorÆs preface
American Indian musics, past and present
Music in America: an overview (part 1)
Secular music to 1800
Sacred music to 1800
African-American music to 1900
Immigrant, folk and regional musics in the nineteenth century
Nineteenth-century popular music
Art music from 1800 to 1860
Art music from 1860 to 1920
Music in America: an overview (part 2)
Immigrant, folk and regional musics in the twentieth century
Popular song and popular music on stage and film
The rock and roll era
Ragtime and early jazz
Jazz from 1930 to 1960
Jazz since 1960
Tonal traditions in art music from 1920 to 1960
Serialism and complexity
Avant-garde and experimental music
Tonal traditions in art music since 1960
Bibliography and references
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ISBN: 9780521545549
ISBN-10: 0521545544
Series: Cambridge History of Music
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 654
Published: 28th June 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.66 x 15.19  x 3.94
Weight (kg): 1.03