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Title:
American music makers : an introduction to American composers
Author:
Lynch, Janet Nichols, 1952-
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Publication Information:
New York : Walker and Co., 1990.
Physical Description:
xii, 232 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780802769572

9780802769589
Format :
Book

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Central Library ML390 .N58 1990 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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An excellent resource for reports. -- SLJ. Peppered with anecdotes, the text explores the composers' lives, important works, and contributions to classical, folk, electronic, and popular music. -- BL. C. 1990.


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Booklist Review

Gr. 7-12. American music spans a broad spectrum of unique styles and forms. Nichols' collective biography briefly examines this diversity by looking at 10 American-born composers, among them George Gershwin, Ruth Crawford Seeger, Philip Glass, and Milton Babbit. Peppered with anecdotes, the text explores the composers' lives, important works, and contributions to classical, folk, electronic, and popular music. A bibliography of suggested listening and a short list of readings are handy additions for music appreciation students. Black-and-white photographs, unfortunately rather dark, are scattered throughout, and a glossary and index are appended. ~--Mary Romano Marks


School Library Journal Review

Ten (mostly lesser-known) American composers' lives, beginning with Louis Moreau Gottschalk (1829-1869) and proceeding in time to Philip Glass (1937- ) are studied in depth. More than a mere collection of facts, the book explores the relationships between composers' works and their times, delineating patterns, trends , and techniques in composition. Concepts such as total serialism, twelve-tone music , and minimalism are clearly explained. In addition, there is an emphasis on the composers' use of indigenous music, incorporating and transmuting Creole, native American, black, and other folk elements into their compositions. Each chapter includes one or two black-and-white photographs. A recommended reading/listening list and a glossary complete the volume. An excellent resource for reports. --Holly Sanhuber, Muskego Public Library, WI (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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