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The Cambridge History of American Music

by David Nicholls

Part of the The Cambridge History of Music Series

The Cambridge History of American Music Synopsis

The Cambridge History of American Music, first published in 1998, celebrates the richness of America's musical life. It was the first study of music in the United States to be written by a team of scholars. American music is an intricate tapestry of many cultures, and the History reveals this wide array of influences from Native, European, African, Asian, and other sources. The History begins with a survey of the music of Native Americans and then explores the social, historical, and cultural events of musical life in the period until 1900. Other contributors examine the growth and influence of popular musics, including film and stage music, jazz, rock, and immigrant, folk, and regional musics. The volume also includes valuable chapters on twentieth-century art music, including the experimental, serial, and tonal traditions.

The Cambridge History of American Music Press Reviews

'Unlike European musical history, the terra incognita of American music for non-specialists is the pre-modern era. The first half of The Cambridge History of American Music covers all aspects of this period and is worth the price of the whole.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Enjoyable and non-technical, this fine volume has much to offer to all those interested in the highways and byways of the American musical landscape.' BBC Music Magazine '... copes with its subject's pluralism by employing many authorities, collated under a general editor, David Nicholls, whose approach is as far-sighted as it is intelligent.' Tempo 'The generally high quality of the essays as well as the admirable and unexpected liveliness of the book as a whole shows the virtue of Nicholls's approach.' Journal of the American Musicological Society Highly recommended for all collections Choice This fine book's text is readable and understandable, with a thorough scholarly approach to the history of music in the U.S...It would be a valuable addition to college and high school library bookshelves. This book, The Cambridge History of American Music is recommended as good reading for every American music educator. Music Educators Journal Geary H. Larrick, University of Wisconsin

Book Information

ISBN: 9780521545549
Publication date: 24th June 2004
Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback / softback
Pagination: 654 pages
Categories: Brass band, military music & marches,

About David Nicholls

David Nicholls is Professor of Music at the University of Southampton. He is the author of American Experimental Music, 1890-1940 (Cambridge University Press, 1990) and contributing editor of The Whole World of Music: A Henry Cowell Symposium (1997), and The Cambridge Companion to John Cage (2002). He is also editor of the journal American Music.

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