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The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song

The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song

Jon W. Finson
3.6/5 (3 ratings)
In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. The author sets forth lyricists' and composers' notions of courtship, technology, death, African Americans, Native Americans, and European ethnicity by grouping songs topically. He goes on to explore the interaction between musical style and lyrics within each topic. The lyrics and changing musical styles present a vivid portrait of nineteenth-century America. The composers discussed in the book range from Henry Russell , Stephen Foster , and Dan Emmett , to George M. Cohan and Maude Nugent , and Gussie Lord Davis . Readers will recognize songs like "Pop Goes the Weasel," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "The Fountain in the Park," "After the Ball," "A Bicycle Built for Two," and many others which gain significance by being placed in the larger context of American history.
Language
English
Pages
368
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
July 03, 1997
ISBN
0195113829
ISBN 13
9780195113822

The Voices That Are Gone: Themes in Nineteenth-Century American Popular Song

Jon W. Finson
3.6/5 (3 ratings)
In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. The author sets forth lyricists' and composers' notions of courtship, technology, death, African Americans, Native Americans, and European ethnicity by grouping songs topically. He goes on to explore the interaction between musical style and lyrics within each topic. The lyrics and changing musical styles present a vivid portrait of nineteenth-century America. The composers discussed in the book range from Henry Russell , Stephen Foster , and Dan Emmett , to George M. Cohan and Maude Nugent , and Gussie Lord Davis . Readers will recognize songs like "Pop Goes the Weasel," "The Yellow Rose of Texas," "The Fountain in the Park," "After the Ball," "A Bicycle Built for Two," and many others which gain significance by being placed in the larger context of American history.
Language
English
Pages
368
Format
Paperback
Publisher
Oxford University Press, USA
Release
July 03, 1997
ISBN
0195113829
ISBN 13
9780195113822

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