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Choral music in nineteenth-century America : a guide to the sources
Orr, N. Lee, 1949-
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Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, [1999]

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ix, 135 pages ; 23cm
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Includes index.
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Choral music represented an important part of American cultural life during the nineteenth century, whether integral to worship or merely for entertainment. Despite this history, choral music remains one of the more neglected studies in the scholarly community. In an effort to fill this gap, N. Lee Orr and W. Dan Hardin offer a new approach to the study of choral music by mapping out and bringing bibliographical control to this expansive and challenging field of study. Their unique guide focuses on literature related to choral music in the United States from the end of the second decade of the nineteenth century through the earlier part of the twentieth century. Choral Music in Nineteenth-Century America explores the entire range of choral music conceived, written, published, rehearsed, and performed by an ensemble of singers gathered specifically to present the music before an audience or congregation. The guide expertly sifts through the extensive literature to cite the most notable sources for study and provides individual chapters on the leading nineteenth-century composers who were instrumental in the development of choral music.

Author Notes

N. Lee Orr, Ph.D., is professor of music and chair of music history and literature at Georgia State University in Atlanta.
W. Dan Hardin, DMA, is periodicals/music liaison librarian at Georgia State University.

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In this first attempt to gain "bibliographic control over the vast field of nineteenth-century American choral music," the authors acknowledge that additional work remains to be done. The 26 brief topical chapters offer some obscure references (e.g., regional and church histories) for materials not easily located even with online databases. However, numerous blank pages occur that could have been used to present more comprehensive lists. For example, the chapter on Amy Beach lists only seven citations, omitting publication of a revised dissertation by Myrna Garvey Eden, several other relevant dissertations, articles by Adrienne Fried Block about Arthur P. Schmidt's publication of Beach's choral music, and Mary Ann Hamilton's "Amy Beach--Mass in E-flat Major: An American Classic," Bulletin of the American Choral Foundation 40.2 (Fall 1998): 2-5. An index of names is provided, but forms of name are inconsistent. Annotations would make these selected bibliographies more useful. Appropriate primarily for large, specialized collections. J. M. Edwards; Macalester College

Table of Contents

Prefacep. v
Chapter 1 Reference Worksp. 1
Chapter 2 Periodical Bibliographies and Indexesp. 7
Chapter 3 Miscellaneous Studiesp. 11
Chapter 4 Moravian Musicp. 23
Chapter 5 Shape-Notesp. 29
Chapter 6 African-American Musicp. 35
Chapter 7 Slave Songs and Spiritualsp. 43
Chapter 8 Music Education and Pedagogyp. 49
Chapter 9 Composers and Conductorsp. 53
Chapter 10 Choral Organizations and Societiesp. 57
Chapter 11 Denominational Musicp. 61
Chapter 12 Regional Studiesp. 67
Chapter 13 Hymns and Gospel Songsp. 77
Chapter 14 Amy Beach (Mrs. H. H. A. Beach)p. 85
Chapter 15 Dudley Buckp. 87
Chapter 16 George Chadwickp. 89
Chapter 17 Arthur Footep. 91
Chapter 18 William Wallace Gilchristp. 93
Chapter 19 Thomas Hastingsp. 95
Chapter 20 Anthony Philip Heinrichp. 97
Chapter 21 Lowell Masonp. 99
Chapter 22 John Knowles Painep. 101
Chapter 23 Horatio Parkerp. 103
Chapter 24 Boy Choir and Male Choral Groupsp. 105
Chapter 25 Church Historiesp. 109
Chapter 26 Philosophy, Sermons, and Talksp. 117
Indexp. 121
About the Authorsp. 135