A Chronicle of American Music: 1700-1995
This comprehensive reference covers 295 years of music history, year-by-year. Each entry contains a concise survey of world political and cultural highlights to provide context for the year's musical developments; a listing of events in popular and commercial music including significant births, deaths, debuts, musical theater productions, and number one hits; and a listing of events in classical and art music including important births, deaths, debuts, compositions, new positions, honors, awards, and publications.
A Concise History of American Painting and Sculpture: Revised Edition (1st Ed.)
This clear, thorough, and reliable survey of American painting and sculpture from colonial times to the present day covers all the major artists and their works, outlines the social and cultural backgrounds of each period, and includes 409 illustrations integrated with the text. Although some determining factors in American art are considered, Matthew Baigell views the rich and diverse achievements of American art as the result of the efforts and talents of a pluralistic society rather than as fitting into a particular mold.This edition includes corrections and revisions to the text, an updated bibliography, and 13 new illustrations.
A New Anthology of Art Songs By Contemporary African American Composers
The featured composers are H. Leslie Adams, Mable Bailey, Charles S. Brown, Wallace McClain Cheatham, Adolphus Hailstork, Jacqueline B. Hairston, William H. Henderson, Jeraldine Saunders Herbison, Betty Jackson King, William Foster McDaniel, Undine Smith Moore, Byron Motley, Barbara Sherrill, Robert Owens, Nadine Shanti, Frederick Tillis, Dolores White, and Julius P. Williams.
All American Music: Composition in the Late Twentieth Century
John Rockwell, director of the Lincoln Center Festival in New York City, wrote about music of all kinds for The New York Times for twenty years. Here he delineates the heritage, actuality, and potential of American music, demonstrating not only the possibility but the necessity of dealing with artists as seemingly unrelated as Elliott Carter and David Byrne, Milton Babbitt and Laurie Anderson, John Cage and Neil Young, Philip Glass and Ornette Coleman.
America’s Musical Landscape
This text addresses the broad range of music in the United States from early periods to today, presenting this rich tapestry of sound in its historical and cultural context. Its reasonable length, readability, and logical organization make the text a useful and attractive means of furthering appreciation of the musical heritage of the United States. Frequent connections to other arts, particularly the visual arts, add to the book's appeal and enhance understanding of core musical concepts. The text also offers an elegant and readable introduction to the fundamentals of music.
American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman
Centering his discussion around five of its literary giants--Emerson, Thoreau, Hawthorne, Melville, and Whitman--Matthiessen elucidates their conceptions of nature and the function of literature, and the extent to which these were realized in their writings. The breadth of the book lies in the author's use of the five-year period from 1850 to 1855 as a focal point in interpreting what went before and what followed in the development of our prose and poetry.
Modern Music-Makers: Contemporary American Composers
Originally published in 1952, this volume is dated but does contain a thorough biography, chronology, and catalog for many important song composers, including Charles Ives, John Alden Carpenter, Marion Bauer, William Grant Still, Virgil Thomson, Aaron Copland, Lousie Talma, Samuel Barber, William Schuman, and Leonard Bernstein.
Musical Americans: A Biographical Dictionary, 1918-1926
Between 1918 and 1926, the widely read music magazine, Musical America, published 414 short biographies of prominent American musicians born between ca. 1860 and 1900. This biographical dictionary collects those articles into a convenient and richly detailed source of information on the composers, teachers, scholars, and performers who were active at the time American music was coming of age.
Musical Settings of American Poetry: A Bibliography
This book's principal aim is to link American library texts with their published musical settings. It covers more than 2,400 works by 99 19th- and 20th-century poets, including Edgar Allan Poe, Emily Dickinson, Vachel Lindsay, Sylvia Plath, and Allen Ginsberg, and provides access to approximately 5,800 settings by 2,100 composers.
Poetry Into Song: Performance and Analysis of Lieder
Focusing on the music of the great song composers--Schubert, Schumann, Brahms, Wolf, and Strauss--this book offers a systematic introduction to the performance and analysis of German Lieder. Directed toward students in both voice and theory, and toward all singers, the authors establish a framework for the analysis of song based on a process of performing, listening, and analyzing, designed to give the reader a new understanding of the reciprocal interaction between performance and analysis.
Prose of the Victorian Period
Selections by Thomas Babington Macaulay, Thomas Carlyle, John Henry Newman, John Stuart Mill, John Ruskin, Matthew Arnold, Thomas Henry Huxley, Walter Horatio Pater.
So You Want to Sing Spirituals: A Guide for Performers
With their rich and complicated history, spirituals hold a special place in the American musical tradition. This soul-stirring musical form is irresistible to singers seeking to diversify their performance repertoire, but it is also riddled with controversy, especially for singers of non-African descent. Singer and historian Randye Jones welcomes singers of all backgrounds into the style while she explores its folk song roots and transformation into choral and solo vocal concert repertoire. Profiling key composers and pioneers of the genre, Jones also discusses the use of dialect and other controversial performance considerations. Contributed chapters address elements of collaborative piano, studio teaching, choral arrangement, voice science, and vocal health as they apply to the performance of spirituals. Produced in partnership with the National Association of Teachers of Singing.
The Americana Song Reader
This book is an entertaining and informative collection of over 130 historical essays on various American and foreign songs that have had a significant impact on U.S. popular culture. The essays give you basic historical data on the work, refer to any related or affiliated works, and touch upon the cultural context of its creation and popular usage in the United States. Presented in an offbeat, somewhat irreverent, yet scholarly style, the author has once again compiled a reference book that is fun to read.
The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers
In recognition of these nearly invisible yet greatly talented musicians, Sadie and Samuel have brought together an international corps of experts to produce The Norton/Grove Dictionary of Women Composers. This definitive source provides detailed biographies of more than 1,000 creators of Western classical music. In signed articles, the Dictionary chronicles the lives and works of women composers from all corners of the world. Here you can read about the Medieval mystic Hildgard von Bingen, the Renaissance madrigalist Maddalena Casulana, the flamboyant seventeenth-century vocal composer Barbara Strozzi, the prolific New Englander Amy Beach, and the Pulitzer Prize winner Ellen Taaffe Zwilich.
The Oxford Companion to American Literature (6th Ed.)
For more than half a century, The Oxford Companion to American Literature has been an unparalleled guide to America's literary culture, providing one of the finest resources to this country's rich history of great writers. There are over 2,000 biographical profiles of important American authors (with information regarding their style, subjects, and major works) and influential foreign writers as well as other figures who have been important in the nation's social and cultural history. There are more than 1,100 full summaries of important American novels, stories, essays, poems (with verse form noted), plays, biographies and autobiographies, tracts, narratives, and histories. (Last revision: 2006)
Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song
Includes information about pioneering composers of American song, including Charles Wakefield Cadman, James Weldon Johnson, George Pope Morris, George Frederick Root, Henry Russell, Marion Dix Sullivan, Joseph Philbrick Webster, and Henry Clay Work.
Women and Music: A History (2nd Ed.)
This updated, expanded, and reorganized edition of Women and Music features even more women composers, performers, and patrons, even more musical contexts, and an expanded view of women in music outside Europe and North America. A popular university textbook, this book is enlightening for scholars, a good source of programming ideas for performers, and a pleasure for other music lovers.