Origins of the Popular Style: The Antecedents of Twentieth-Century Popular Music

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Preface v
  • Preface to the Paperback Edition v
  • Acknowledgements vi
  • Contents vii
  • A Note on the Musical Examples xi
  • Introduction 1
  • Part One - The Historical Background 7
  • I - Europe and the near East 9
  • II - Africa 27
  • III - North America 40
  • Part Two - The Theoretical Foundation 91
  • Part Three - The Blues 113
  • I - The Uniqueness of the Blues 115
  • II - African Origins of the Blues 131
  • III - British Origins of the Blues 171
  • IV - Blues Harmony 198
  • V - The Riddle of the Twelve- Bar Blues 213
  • Part Four - Parlour Music and Ragtime 221
  • Some Final Reflections 287
  • List of Musical Examples 291
  • Works Cited 306
  • Glossary 319
  • Index 323
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