History of Music in American Life

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Krieger Publishing Company, Mar 1, 1980 - Music - 462 pages
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This three-volume history of music in America covers the sweep from Puritan psalms to the hits of the '70s. It is written from the historian's viewpoint rather than that of the musicologist and considers music in America against the backdrop of a changing society. The work deals not only with music written in America, but also with the reception of the European classics in the concert halls and opera houses of the United States. The story is presented in lively, human fashion, as free of technical analysis as possible, but the set will also serve as a comprehensive reference work.

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The New England Puritans
The Middle Colonies
The Tidewater South

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About the author (1980)

Ronald L. Davis is professor history at Southern Methodist University. He is the author of A History of Opera in the American West, Opera in Chicago, and A History of Music in American Life (three volumes). He has contributed numerous articles to Opera News, Opera and Opera Quarterly. In addition, he has written six books on Hollywood, including The Glamour Factory (1993).

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