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Four Parts, No Waiting A Social History of American Barbershop Quartet by Gage (Professor of History and Culture, University of Toronto) Averill
  

Four Parts, No Waiting A Social History of American Barbershop Quartet

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Part of the American Musicspheres Series

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Four Parts, No Waiting A Social History of American Barbershop Quartet by Gage (Professor of History and Culture, University of Toronto) Averill

Four Parts, No Waiting investigates the role that vernacular, barbershop-style close harmony has played in American musical history, in American life, and in the American imagination. Starting with a discussion of the first craze for Austrian four-part close harmony in the 1830s, Averill traces the popularity of this musical form in minstrel shows, black recreational singing, vaudeville, early recordings, and in the barbershop revival of the 1930s. In his exploration of barbershop, Averill uncovers a rich musical tradition-a hybrid of black and white cultural forms, practiced by amateurs, and part of a mythologized vision of small-town American life. Barbershop harmony played a central - and overlooked - role in the panorama of American music. Averill demonstrates that the barbershop revival was part of a depression-era neo-Victorian revival, spurred on by insecurities of economic and social change. Contemporary barbershop singing turns this nostalgic vision into lived experience. Arguing that the old songs function as repositories of idealized social memory, Averill reveals ideologies of gender, race, and class. This engagingly-written, often funny book critiques the nostalgic myths (especially racial myths) that have surrounded the barbershop revival, but also celebrates the civic-minded, participatory spirit of barbershop harmony. The text is accompanied by a companion website.

Reviews

A superbly written piece of scholarship that promises to be an important contribution to our understanding of American vernacular music. * Ray Allen, Institute for Studies in American Music, Brooklyn College * The story Averill has to tell is an important one for every scholar and student of American music, and it has never been told so well and in such detail before....It should be on the reading list of every course in American music. * Charles Hamm, Professor Emeritus of Music, Dartmouth University * Succeeds both as a historical account and as a survey of barbershop as an institution in the United States today. In his discussion of race, of values, of relations between generations, Averill finds ways to put historical issues in useful contexts and relate them to modern concerns. * John Spitzer, Professor of Music, Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University * Averill generally manages to strike the necessary balance among the needs of disparate audiences: scholars, college students, and barbershop singers themselves. In Four Parts, No Waiting Gage Averill has given us an elegantly written volume that should be read by anyone interested in the history of American popular music. * Ethnomusicology *


About the Author

Gage Averill is Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto and Vice-Principal Academic and Dean of the University of Toronto Mississauga. He serves as President of the Society of Ethnomusicology (2009-11).

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Publication date

2nd September 2010

Author

Gage (Professor of History and Culture, University of Toronto) Averill

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Publisher

Oxford University Press Inc

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Theory of music & musicology
History of the Americas
Music: styles & genres

ISBN

9780195328936

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