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The American Musical Landscape: The Business of Musicianship from Billings to Gershwin, Updated With a New Preface (Ernest Bloch Lectures) Hardcover – October 15, 1993

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"Crawford has looked at much music, from early psalmody to rock, and at an impressive amount of previous writing....He arrives at some fresh conclusions about the vitality and character of American music and suggests new avenues for investigation." -- W.K. Kearns, Choice

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"This book reflects a breakthrough in American music studies, an unrecognized field among traditional musicologists until the past few decades, during which enormous progress has been made in documenting three centuries of American musical activities and figures. Time and effort had to be expended exclusively on the development of basic historical studies. The time has come for a new phase, one that can take a creative, interpretive approach. Professor Crawford's study will introduce this higher level of scholarship into the field of American music studies."—Vivian Perlis, author of Charles Ives Remembered

"A major statement by a senior scholar on what American musicology is all about. . . These themes are also topical; they come at a time when much more research is being done in American music, but little thought is being given to the big picture, the vision, the philosophy, and the implications of historical research. Now is the time for a synthesis, and there are few scholars better equipped to do that in American music than Richard Crawford."—Michael Broyles, author of Music of the Highest Class

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Product Details

  • Series: Ernest Bloch Lectures (Book 8)
  • Hardcover: 400 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; 1st edition (October 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520077644
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520077645
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 6.5 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,375,669 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is an interesting book about the history of the US through the American songwriter.
Beginning with the earliest songs of generations ago to modern times the authors discusses the music publishing
business , songs and songwriters and the promotion of the songs from Broadway to Hollywood to radio. and beyond.
Many long forgotten publishers , producers and performers are mentioned as well as well known composers and lyricists.
Another good reading about the American Songbook.
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