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The American Musical Landscape

The Business of Musicianship from Billings to Gershwin, Updated with a New Preface

By Richard Crawford

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Format: Paperback, 400 pages, Updated Edition
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 30 June 2000
In this refreshingly direct and engaging historical treatment of American music and musicology, Richard Crawford argues for the recognition of the distinct and vital character of American music. What is that character? How has musical life been supported in the United States and how have Americans understood their music? Exploring the conditions within which music has been made since the time of the American Revolution, Crawford suggests some answers to these questions. Surveying the history of several musical professions in the United States--composing, performing, teaching, and distributing music--Crawford highlights the importance of where the money for music comes from and where it goes. This economic context is one of his book's key features and gives a real-life view that is both fascinating and provocative. Crawford discusses interconnections between classical and popular music, using New England psalmody, nineteenth-century songs, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin to illustrate his points. Because broad cultural forces are included in this unique study, anyone interested in American history and American Studies will find it as appealing as will students and scholars of American music.

About the Author

Richard Crawford is Professor of Music at the University of Michigan. His writings have won awards from the American Musicological Society, the Sonneck Society for American Music, and the Music Library Association.


"This book consummates over 30 years of research in the history and criticism of American music, during which time the author has become a senior scholar in the field. Crawford has looked at much music, from early psalmody to rock, and at an impressive amount of previous writing. . . . The importance of his ideas and the clarity of his prose make this an important book for all readers interested in any aspect of American music."--W.K. Kearns, "Choice

EAN: 9780520224827
ISBN: 0520224825
Publisher: University of California Press
Dimensions: 23.04 x 15.29 x 2.29 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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