From Psalm to Symphony : A History of Music in New England

From Psalm to Symphony : A History of Music in New England

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 466 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9781555534912
  • DDC分類 780.974

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Beginning with the Pilgrim and Puritan settlers on the rockbound wilderness of Massachusetts Bay, New Englanders have left an enduring imprint on America's musical landscape. Now musicologist Nicholas E. Tawa examines for the first time New England's rich heritage of music making over a span of 350 years. In this sweeping chronological account, Tawa traces the region's fascinating history of art music from the psalm and hymn singing of the early colonists, to the works of native composers, to the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He chronicles artistic developments within the context of the geographical, economic, cultural, and political currents that influenced and defined the area's musical experiences, and he describes how ongoing societal transformations and evolving forms of music have both enriched and reinvented a New England identity. Focusing on the people who wanted, produced, and listened to music, Tawa's eloquent narrative underscores how musical life in New England has played a significant role in shaping the nation's music. He highlights the region's preeminence in music publishing, its outstanding contributions to the improvement and manufacture of instruments, its commitment to music education, and its leadership in establishing first-rate musical institutions. Also featured are New England's many gifted and skilled composers, including William Billings, John Knowles Paine, Arthur Foote, Amy Beach, Charles Ives, Frederick Shepherd Converse, Randall Thompson, Walter Piston, Gunther Schuller, and John Harbison. This highly readable and informative volume will appeal to music aficionados, historians, and general readers alike.

Table of Contents

        Illustrations                              vii
Preface ix
To Settle a Wilderness 3 (20)
Singing Schools and Teacher-Composers 23 (21)
The Road into the Musical Future 44 (25)
Fostering Musical Improvement 69 (31)
Toward a New Music Era 100(30)
Paine and Chadwick 130(41)
Parker, Foote, and MacDowell 171(33)
Beach and Ives 204(23)
Transformations 227(44)
Redefining Tradition 271(22)
The Composers of the Post-World War I Period 293(36)
The Second Half of the Twentieth Century 329(21)
Composers Briefly of New England after World 350(19)
War II
Composers Resident in New England after World 369(24)
War II
A Final Word 393(14)
Notes 407(32)
Bibliography 439(10)
Index 449