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

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Clarendon Press, 1989 - 352 páginas
Analyzing popular music from a musical, rather than a sociological, biographical, or political viewpoint, this book surveys Western popular music in all its forms--blues, ragtime, music hall, waltzes, marches, parlor ballads, folk music--to uncover the common musical language uniting these disparate styles. The author examines the split between "classical" and "popular" music in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, and presents a wealth of musical illustrations from the Middle Ages to the 1920s to trace the tangled roots of today's popular music. His provocative, readable, and comprehensive study will inform anyone with an interest in how music evolves in our society.

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Índice

Europe and the Near East
9
EUROPE
15
BRITISH FOLK MUSIC
21
Africa
27
North America
40
THE BLACKS
52
INSTRUMENTAL MUSIC
59
VOCAL music
68
AFROAMERICAN RHYTHM
156
British Origins of the Blues
171
FRANKIE AND OTHERS
184
Blues Harmony
198
MORE ABOUT PRIMITIVE HARMONY
205
THE PARLOUR MODES
223
PARLOUR HARMONY
243
PARLOUR RHYTHM
267

THE MATRIX
93
modality
101
WHOLENESS
107
The Uniqueness of the Blues
115
THE TALKING BLUES
146
RAGTIME
277
Some Final Reflections
287
Works Cited
306
Glossary
319
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Sobre el autor (1989)

Peter Van der Merwe was born in Cape Town of Boer and Irish stock. He has studied at the College of Music in his native city but is virtually self-taught as musician and musicologist. He divides his time between the study of music and work as a cataloguer at the municipal library in
Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. His first book, Origins of the Popular Style, was published by OUP in 1989.

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