American Popular Music: The nineteenth century and Tin Pan Alley

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Timothy E. Scheurer
Popular Press, 1989 - Music - 181 pages
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Beginning with the emergence of commercial American music in the nineteenth century, Volume 1 includes essays on the major performers, composers, media, and movements that shaped our musical culture before rock and roll. Articles explore the theoretical dimensions of popular music studies; the music of the nineteenth century; and the role of black Americans in the evolution of popular music. Also included—the music of Tin Pan Alley, ragtime, swing, the blues, the influences of W. S. Gilbert and Rodgers and Hammerstein, and changes in lyric writing styles from the nineteenth century to the rock era.
 

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Contents

General Introduction
1
Youth and Its Music
28
Introduction
43
The Function of Their Song
63
Minstrelsy and Popular Culture
75
Introduction
87
The Evolution and Triumph of Style
104
W S Gilbert and the American Musical Theatre
120
Welfare Store Blues
134
A Word About Whiteman
143
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