The American Music Research Center Journal

Articles from Vol. 22, 2013

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...
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...
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)...
"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,...
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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