Music in the USA
A Documentary Companion
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Music in the USA by Judith Tick
Book DescriptionMusic in the USA: A Documentary Companion charts a path through American music and musical life using as guides the words of composers, performers, writers and the rest of us ordinary folks who sing, dance, and listen. The anthology of primary sources contains about 160 selections from 1540 to 2000. Sometimes the sources are classics in the literature around American music, for example, the Preface to the Bay Psalm Book, excerpts from Slave Songs of the United States, and Charles Ives extolling Emerson. But many other selections offer uncommon sources, including a satirical story about a Yankee music teacher; various columns from 19th-century German American newspapers; the memoirs of a 19th-century diva; Lottie Joplin remembering her husband Scott; a little-known reflection of Copland about Stravinsky; an interview with Muddy Waters from the Chicago Defender; a letter from Woody Guthrie on the "spunkfire" attitude of a folk song; a press release from the Country Music Association; and the Congressional testimony around "Napster." "Sidebar" entries occasionally bring a topic or an idea into the present, acknowledging the extent to which revivals of many kinds of music play a role in American contemporary culture. This book focuses on the connections between theory and practice to enrich our understanding of the diversity of American musical experiences. Designed especially to accompany college courses which survey American music as a whole, the book is also relevant to courses in American history and American Studies.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780195139884
(251mm x 177mm x 41mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press Inc
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Publish Date: 25-Sep-2008
Country of Publication: United States
Books By Author Judith Tick
Music in the USA, Hardback (September 2008)
Music in the USA: A Documentary Companion is an anthology of primary sources, which charts a map of American music and musical life through the words of composers, performers, writers and "the people." The anthology contains about 160 selections from 1540 to 2000 ranging from William Billings to Qbert, from psalmody to rap.
Aaron Copland and His World, Paperback (August 2005)
Reassesses the legacy of one of America's best-loved composers at a pivotal moment. This collection of essays explores the stages of cultural change on which Aaron Copland's long life (1900 to 1990) unfolded. It critiques Copland's work in these shifting contexts.
Ruth Crawford Seeger, Paperback (February 2000)View all books by Judith Tick
Ruthe Seeger was a prominent American avant-garde composer of the 1920s. After her marriage, she became involved in the American folk song movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Caught in domestic life, this creative woman never fully realised her potential.
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Author Biography - Judith Tick
Judith Tick is a high-profile music historian who writes about American music, particularly early modernism, and women's history. Among her publications are books and articles about Aaron Copland, Charles Ives, and in particular, the prize-winning biography of the American composer, Ruth Crawford Seeger: A Composer's Search for American Music (OUP 1997). She is an Associate Editor for the journal Musical Quarterly. A faculty member at Northeastern University since 1986, she was named a Matthews Distinguished University Professor in 1999 and elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2004.
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