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American Music

a very brief summary of American Music

Jennifer Brown

on 15 May 2013

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A snapshot of American Music The arts were slow to develop in America because:
the people were occupied with settling the new land
Puritans were suspicious of wordly pleasures including the arts
there were almost no wealthy families to patronize the arts
Americans believed European music and art were superior information is taken directly from Charles and Mary Hoffer's Study Guide for Music Listening Today 1920s-1930s The most sophisticated music came from Moravian communities. The most notable composer was Francis Hopkinson. An early American composer whose works are still performed today is William Billings. He was a leather tanner by trade. Other notable composers were Edward McDowell and Charles Ives Rose of Sharon, Billings Band concerts were a vital part of the musical scene in the early 20th century. One of the most successful composers was John Philip Sousa Following WW1, American art music began to come of age. Much of this music is still popular today 1930s-1950s Nationalism began to emerge Ragtime led to the development of jazz and blues
including Dixieland, Boogie-Woogie and Swing Popular Music since 1950s Blues, Rhythm-and-blues and soul were developed by African Americans Country and variants of it were developed by whites in the south
Bluegrass - traditional
Rockabilly - combination of rock and hillbilly music (Elvis)
Country Western - traditional cowboy style singing (Roy Rogers) Rock music is most simply characterized by a strong offbeat 1 3 2 4 Music for stage and film is developed to
create atmosphere
give clues about unspoken thoughts
provide continuity
provide background Rockabilly Country Western Notable Features of
American Music Duke Ellington - It don't mean a thing Remained in the shadow of European music until the 20th century
Nationalism became evident in the 1930s to 1950s
Strongly influenced by African American music
neoclassicim, neo-Romanticism, minimalism
popular music parallelled changes in society
Broadway musicals, musical comedy, film music
Computers, DVDs, ipods and mp3 players, and emerging technology opened up intriguing possibilities for music When You're Smiling Bluegrass Aaron Copeland - Hoe Down from Rodeo This
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