The American Music Research Center Journal


Vol. 26, 2017

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTSIn April 2016, I was honored to be inducted into the Colorado Music Hall of Fame, which took place in a ceremony held in the Glenn Miller Ballroom at the University of Colorado Boulder. I was pleased to meet, at that event, Thomas Riis,...
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Vol. 25, 2016

Editor's Note
This volume of the AMRC Journal, despite its broad title, is neither a definitive nor a complete biography of George Lynn. The chronology below is intended only to give a road map by which to follow Lynn's varied and remarkably productive career. Neither...
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George Lynn's Westminster Connection
In fall 1933, George Lynn decided to study music at Mansfield State Teachers College in Mansfield, Pennsylvania. While he was totally involved in the music department and had no intention of making any change, an event happened that was to change his...
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George Lynn: A Life Lived in Music
In the 1966-67 Community Concert Association program for the Westminster Choir, there appeared a significant sentence: "George Lynn's career as a conductor has been divided between the academic and the church fields, with an emphasis on music composition."1So,...
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Songs My Father Taught Me: An Overview of the Song Cycles Composed by George Lynn
As a performer of my father's music, I have given his songs a lot of thought. In particular, I have wondered about the inspiration for these compositions. I believe that the answer is Love. Love of a particular text or a particular voice; love of the...
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Musician, Educator, Mentor, Friend: A Personal Reminiscence of George Lynn
An acclaimed professional composer, conductor, organist, pianist, accompanist, singer, arranger, editor and publisher, George Lynn was a musical giant whose works and performances have affected untold multitudes. His stature as an educator is equally...
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Vol. 24, 2015

The Ben Gray Lumpkin Collection of Colorado Folklore
Professor Ben Gray Lumpkin, who retired from the University of Colorado in June of 1969, spent more than twenty years of his academic career amassing a large collection of folksongs in the state of Colorado. At my request, Professor Lumpkin provided...
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Music at the University of Colorado: The Early Years, Part 2
Frank Wilbur Chace began his work as acting professor of music and director of the music department of the University of Colorado in the autumn of 1919, following on the dismissal of George Chadwick [see this Journal, vol. 23, 49-63]. At approximately...
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From "New York State of Mind" to "No Man's Land": Billy Joel's Songs about American Places
Billy Joel (b. 1949) is one of the best-selling popular musicians in the United States, whose accolades include six Grammy awards and 23 nominations, several honorary doctorates, induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and the 2014 Gershwin Award...
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Colorado Stories, Colorado Songs
Colorado has inspired hundreds of composers, lyricists, and performers over the years. Songs reflect not only the state's history and geography, but also serve as a carrier of the culture of the state, the region, and the Rocky Mountain West.1 Whether...
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A Cultural History of the First Jazz and Blues Communities in Jacksonville, Florida, 1896-1916: A Contribution of African Americans to American Theater
A Cultural History of the First Jazz and Blues Communities in Jacksonville, Florida, 1896-1916: A Contribution of African Americans to American Theater By Peter Dunbaugh Smith. Lewiston, N.Y.: Edward Mellon Press, 2015.The history of American popular...
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Vol. 23, 2014

Considering the Other in Indianist Opera: Separation and Assimilation in Victor Herbert's Natoma
When discussing racial othering, some specialists in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century opera have used the term "Orientalism."1 Yet few have examined Indianist opera, particularly its intersections with racial identity. Opera composers Mary...
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Paul Robeson's Iconic Timbre and the Negotiation of Signification
Paul Robeson, one of the most extraordinary African American cultural figures of the twentieth century, stood himself, and supported his people, on two strong pillars: his speech and his song. Robeson was loved around the world for his concerts of spirituals...
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"Just as Necessary and Valuable as Any of the Regular Sciences": Music at the University of Colorado in Its Early Years
Editor's note: It seems appropriate, as the fiftieth anniversary of the establishment of the American Music Research Center in 20171 and the centenary of the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder in 2020 approach, that we look back at...
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Education through Music: The Fundamental Ideas
Editor's note: Charles Farnsworth (1859-1947) taught music at the University of Colorado from 1887 to 1900 and, as explained earlier in this volume, was one of the important creative forces in establishing the university's music program. After leaving...
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Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West
Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West By Beth E. Levy. California Studies in 20th-Century Music 14. Berkeley, Calif.: University of California Press, 2012.In his Young People's Concert on American Music from 1958, Leonard...
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Vol. 22, 2013

William Billings's VARIETY WITHOUT METHOD: An Experiment in Modulation
The English parish church anthem, imported into America in the 1760s, was the most extended sacred music form prevalent in colonial and federal era New England. Many American composers wrote anthems following the English model, which Ralph T. Daniel...
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Forging a Sound Citizenry: Voice Culture and the Embodiment of the Nation, 1880-1920
In nothing do the Americans more generally offend the cultivated ear than in the use of the voice. The high, shrill, nasal tones of American girls or American women; the careless, slovenly enunciation which one hears from a group of American men, would...
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"Out Where the West Begins": The Denver Song That Became a Western Classic
Scholars of popular American sheet music extol the idea that the combination of poetry, music, and art combine in this "ephemeral" genre to capture an artistic concept in a unique manner that reflects not only their disparate arts, but also the history,...
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Nadia Boulanger, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, and American Music
Musicians who came to America from Europe and Britain in the 1930s and 1940s to escape political upheaval and war at home exerted various influences on American music. The renowned French teacher, organist, conductor, and composer Nadia Boulanger (1887-1979)...
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Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ
Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ By Mark Katz. New York: Oxford University Press, 2012.Mark Katz's Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ is essential reading for anyone interested in the history of hip-hop. The book will...
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Vol. 21, 2012

Serial Minimalist or Minimal Serialist? the Music of John McGuire
Of all the musical innovations by American composers, few have enjoyed a success comparable to minimalism, which began to make a recognizable appearance on the landscape in the 1960s. Minimalist works have resonated for decades in the American musical...
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The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and Charles Stern in 1942: Toward the Origins of Bernstein as a Dramatic Composer
"I have a suspicion that every work I write, for whatever medium, is really theater music in some way," wrote Leonard Bernstein in the preface to his 1949 Symphony no. 2, 'The Age of Anxiety" Bernstein's legacy as a composer of dramatic music is well...
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Faith and Love in New Hope Valley: A Consideration of Community in Carlisle Floyd's Susannah
IntroductionWherever groups of people exist together there lies the potential for a clash of personalities and an exciting story. The dramatic possibilities to portray close social cohesion and its attendant conflicts on the stage- from ancient Greek...
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The Second Edition (1837) of William Walker's the Southern Harmony
William Walker's The Southern Harmony was one of the most popular shapenote ("fasola") folk hymn collections produced in the southern United States during the first half of the nineteenth century. Originally published in 1835, the book went through several...
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