Rethinking American Music

Rethinking American Music

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In Rethinking American Music, Tara Browner and Thomas L. Riis curate essays that offer an eclectic survey of current music scholarship. Ranging from Tin Pan Alley to Thelonious Monk to hip hop, the contributors go beyond repertory and biography to explore four critical yet overlooked areas: the impact of performance; patronage's role in creating music and finding a place to play it; personal identity; and the ways cultural and ethnographic circumstances determine the music that emerges from the creative process. Many of the articles also look at how a piece of music becomes initially popular and then exerts a lasting influence in the larger global culture. The result is an insightful state-of-the-field examination that doubles as an engaging short course on our complex, multifaceted musical heritage. Contributors: Karen Ahlquist, Amy C. Beal, Mark Clagu,. Esther R. Crookshank, Todd Decker, Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett, Joshua S. Duchan, Mark Katz, Jeffrey Magee, Sterling E. Murray, Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr., David Warren Steel, Jeffrey Taylor, and Mark Tucker

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780252084102
Publisher: University of Illinois Press
Publication date: 03/16/2019
Series: Music in American Life Series
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 384
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Tara Browner is a professor of ethnomusicology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Her books include Heartbeat of the People: Music and Dance in the Northern Pow-Wow. Thomas L. Riis is Professor of Music Emeritus and former director of the American Music Research Center at the University of Colorado, Boulder. He is the author of Frank Loesser.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Introduction 1

Part I Performance 3

1 Balance of Power: Music as Art and Social Class in the Late Nineteenth Century Karen Ahlquist 7

2 From Flatbush to Fun Home: The Broadway Musical's "Cozy Cottage" Trope Jeffrey Magee 34

3 Secular Music in Shape Notes David Warren Steel 50

Part II Patronage 69

4 Love in a Village and a New Direction for Musical Theater in Eighteenth-Century America Sterling E. Murray 77

5 "Were Marching to Zion": Isaac Watts in America Esther R. Crookshank 103

6 Living in the (Publishing) House of Music: A Short History of Composer-Driven Independent Publishing and Distribution in the United States Amy C. Beal 138

7 American Music Goes to School: A Point of View and a Case in Point Mark Clague 157

Part III Identity 181

8 Bodies of Music / Songs of Magic Guthrie P. Ramsey Jr. 185

9 Defying Boundaries and Escaping Stereotypes: African American Entertainers in the Late Nineteenth Century Thomas L. Riis 200

10 The "Most Distinctive and Biggest Benefit that Broadway Has Ever Known": Producing, Performing, and Applauding across the Color Line in the Twilight of the Jazz Age Todd Decker 221

11 Dialogue without Words: Identities and Dichotomies in Copland's Piano Quartet Jennifer DeLapp-Birkett 247

Part IV Ethnography 279

12 Ferruccio Busoni and The Indians' Book Tara Browner 283

13 Fieldwork on the American Campus Joshua S. Duchan 295

14 Authorship in the Age of Configurable Music Mark Katz 312

15 Mark Tucker, Thelonious Monk, and "Misterioso" Jeffrey Taylor Mark Tucker 324

Contributors 333

Index 337

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