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Struggling to Define a Nation: American Music and the Twentieth Century

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Identifying music as a vital site of cultural debate, Struggling to Define a Nation captures the dynamic, contested nature of musical life in the United States. In an engaging blend of music analysis and cultural critique, Charles Hiroshi Garrett examines a dazzling array of genres—including art music, jazz, popular song, ragtime, and Hawaiian music—and numerous well-known musicians, such as Charles Ives, Jelly Roll Morton, Louis Armstrong, and Irving Berlin. Garrett argues that rather than a single, unified vision, an exploration of the past century reveals a contested array of musical perspectives on the nation, each one advancing a different facet of American identity through sound.

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"It is rare that one scholar can write so meaningfully and authoritatively about so many different styles of music. Garrett's knowledge of his subject is deep and refreshingly informative, and each song or composition serves as a gateway to a fascinating universe of connections. There is no question that this will be a work of singular importance to our understanding of issues of nationality, ethnicity, and race as embedded fabrics in American music, even in music not typically thought of in this way."—Michael Pisani, author of Imagining Native America in Music

About the Author

Charles Hiroshi Garrett is Assistant Professor of Musicology at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre and Dance. He is Editor in Chief of The Grove Dictionary of American Music, second edition.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations ix

Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

1. Charles Ivess Four Ragtime Dances and “True American Music” 17

2. Jelly Roll Morton and the Spanish Tinge 48

3. Louis Armstrong and the Great Migration 83

4. Chinatown, Whose Chinatown? Defining Americas Borders with Musical Orientalism 121

5. Sounds of Paradise: Hawaii and the American Musical Imagination 165

Conclusion: American Music at the Turn of a New Century 215

Notes 223

Bibliography 259

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520254879
Author:
Garrett, Charles Hiroshi
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
Music
Subject:
Nationalism in music
Subject:
History & Criticism - General
Subject:
Instruction & Study - Theory
Subject:
Music -- United States -- 20th century.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Music -- History and criticism.
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Publication Date:
20081031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
7 b/w photographs, 3 tables, 20 music ex
Pages:
312
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 1 in 15 oz

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"It is rare that one scholar can write so meaningfully and authoritatively about so many different styles of music. Garrett's knowledge of his subject is deep and refreshingly informative, and each song or composition serves as a gateway to a fascinating universe of connections. There is no question that this will be a work of singular importance to our understanding of issues of nationality, ethnicity, and race as embedded fabrics in American music, even in music not typically thought of in this way."—Michael Pisani, author of Imagining Native America in Music
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