Biographical Dictionary of American Music

Biographical Dictionary of American Music

Biographical Dictionary of American Music

Biographical Dictionary of American Music

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There has been a great need for a dictionary or encyclopedia of only American composers, lyricists, musicians, singers, and teachers. Such a compilation does not exist now. Dictionaries presently on the market are worldwide in scope, primarily containing the names of Europeans, with very few Americans included. There are specialized books on the opera, symphonies, concert music, jazz, rhythm and the blues, folk and country music, sacred and gospel music, popular songs, and so on. The purpose of this book is to be inclusive of all forms of music, and to include lyricists, librettists, and hymnists as well as composers, musicians, and singers.

All individuals included are listed alphabetically. There are numerous song books on the market which give the name of the composer and the lyricist, but usually no further information. Record covers give the names of the vocalist and the band. This book lists various bands alphabetically, giving the names of the musicians and vocalists in each band. The information included in this book is not available in any other one volume published.

Since the purpose of this book is to be all-inclusive, and to include over 5,200 individuals, biographical sketches of noted composers and musicians are not extensive in scope, since information on these individuals is available in other sources. However, biographical information on thousands of other musicians and singers that is not available in the other worldwide dictionaries is included here.

The text is limited to those persons who were born in the United States, or came to America and lived and worked here for an extended period of time. During the rise of Nazism, hundreds of noted composers and musicians fled Germany and made America their new home. As a result, thousands of Europeans are included here.

The book covers the entire span of musical America, from the seventeenth century to the present day. You will find biographical information on persons active in American musical life during the Colonial period, the Revolution, and during the 1790s in Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, and Charleston, South Carolina. Many popular songs were written during the Civil War period, and again during World Wars I and II. The composers and lyricists of songs during these periods are all included.

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