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

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Jon Finson views the mores and values of 19th-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. Presenting a guided tour of topically arranged, select songs, he points out the most important landmarks, as well as lesser sights that provide colour and context, and obscure but treasurable parts of the scenery previously overlooked.show more

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  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 17.78mm | 521.63g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • halftones, numerous music examples
  • 0195113829
  • 9780195113822

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In this unique and readable study, Jon Finson views the mores and values of nineteenth-century Americans as they appear in their popular songs. He presents a guided tour of topically arranged, select songs, pointing out the most important landmarks, as well as lesser sights that provide color and context, and obscure but treasurable parts of the scenery overlooked. Finson explores the interaction between musical style and lyrics within each topic, offering a vivid and novel portrait of nineteenth-century America.show more

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"Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music"Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is a brilliant and perceptive overview....he arranges it in a framework that enlarges and brightens our understanding of the human forces at play in the fields of song."--Notes "Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music"Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is a brilliant and perceptive overview....he arranges it in a framework that enlarges and brightens our understanding of the human forces at play in the fields of song."--Notes "Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music "Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is a brilliant and perceptive overview....he arranges it in a framework that enlarges and brightens our understanding of the human forces at play in the fields of song."--Notes "Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music "Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is a brilliant and perceptive overview....he arranges it in a framework that enlarges and brightens our understanding of the human forces at play in the fields of song."--Notes "Finson's work represents a superior addition to a body of literature..."--American Music"Finson's history of the racial, societal, and theatrical factors that went into minstrel show stereotypes is a brilliant and perceptive overview....he arranges it in a framework that enlarges and brightens our understanding of the human forces at play in the fields of song."--Notesshow more

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