Origins of the Popular Style: The Antecedents of Twentieth-century Popular Music

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - 352 páginas
"Here, for the first time, is a book which analyses popular music from a musical, as opposed to a sociological, biographical, or political point of view. Peter van der Merwe has made an extensive survey of Western popular music in all its forms - blues, ragtime, music hall, waltzes, marches, parlour ballads, folk music - uncovering the common musical language which unites these disparate styles. The book examines the split between `classical' and `popular' Western music in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, shedding light, in the process, on the `serious' music of the time. With a wealth of musical illustrations ranging from Strauss waltzes to Mississippi blues and from the Middle Ages to the 1920s, the author lays bare the tangled roots of the popular music of today in a book which is often provocative, always readable, and outstandingly comprehensive in its scope."--Publisher's description.

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Índice

African Survivals
8
Europe and the Near East
9
EUROPE
22
VOCAL MUSIC
30
SOME FUNDAMENTALS OF AFRICAN MUSIC
32
North America
40
THE MATRIX
93
MODALITY S of Emph Ceiling Frames
103
FRANKIE AND OTHERS
184
Blues Harmony
198
MORE ABOUT PRIMITIVE HARMONY
205
WHY TWELVE BARS? WHY BLUES? 216 25 WHY TWELVE BARS? WHY BLUES?
216
THE PARLOUR MODES
223
PARLOUR HARMONY
243
PARLOUR RHYTHM
267
RAGTIME
277

THE BEAT
110
THE BLUES MODE AND THE TWELVEBAR FORM
118
THE TALKING BLUES
146
The Descending Strain as Accompaniment Figure
152
British Origins of the Blues
171
Some Final Reflections
287
Works Cited
306
Glossary
319
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