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 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.
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.
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 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.