Origins of the Popular Style: The Antecedents of Twentieth-century Popular Music
"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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Europe and the Near East
SOME FUNDAMENTALS OF AFRICAN MUSIC
MODALITY S of Emph Ceiling Frames
FRANKIE AND OTHERS
MORE ABOUT PRIMITIVE HARMONY
WHY TWELVE BARS? WHY BLUES? 216 25 WHY TWELVE BARS? WHY BLUES?
THE PARLOUR MODES
THE BLUES MODE AND THE TWELVEBAR FORM
THE TALKING BLUES
The Descending Strain as Accompaniment Figure
British Origins of the Blues
Some Final Reflections
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