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Music for Pieces of Wood (1973)

Steve Reich

in Writings on Music 1965–2000: 1965-2000

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195151152
eISBN:
9780199850044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151152.003.0016
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents Reich's thoughts about Music for Pieces of Wood. The piece grows out of the same roots as Clapping Music: a desire to make music with the simplest possible instruments. The ... More


First Performances

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0019
Subject:
Music, History, Western

One hears much of the noble work that Henry Wood did for young British composers; the list of “first performances” at the “Promenade Concerts” by British composers, usually young and unknown, ... More


Choral Singing

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The formula in choral singing is strongly is emphasized in the village choral festivals, wherein each choir singing by itself sounds feeble and tentative, but when combined in one big choir suddenly ... More


The Pilgrim’s Progress

David Manning

in Vaughan Williams on Music

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195182392
eISBN:
9780199851485
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195182392.003.0090
Subject:
Music, History, Western

The libretto of this Morality is a free adaptation of John Bunyan's allegory. The text is chiefly from Bunyan, with additions from the Psalms and other parts of the Bible. The words of Lord Lechery's ... More


Boysie Lowery and Howard High

Nick Catalano

in Clifford Brown: The Life and Art of the Legendary Jazz Trumpeter

Published in print:
2001
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195144000
eISBN:
9780199849017
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195144000.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

In addition to its being a neighborhood that would produce future doctors, lawyers, and academics, the Wilmington east side also spawned more than its share of artists and musicians. One of the main ... More


Alto Saxophonists

Thomas Owens

in Bebop: The Music and Its Players

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195106510
eISBN:
9780199853182
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195106510.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on those “children” whose musical resemblances to their “father” are easiest to assess, the alto saxophonists. Edward “Sonny” Stitt was among the first of these “children.” Miles ... More


Take Me to the World

Robert L. McLaughlin

in Stephen Sondheim and the Reinvention of the American Musical

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9781496808554
eISBN:
9781496808592
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781496808554.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines Sondheim’s plays from Sunday in the Park with George to Road Show. While still engaging in the postmodern interrogation of knowledge and the limits of representation, these ... More


Jerry’s Saloon Blues: 1940 Field Recordings from Louisiana

Paul Oliver

in Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110416
eISBN:
9781604733037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110416.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents an account of a 1940 field recording trip by John and Ruby Lomax. The account, which initially appeared as the liner notes for Flyright Album 206 (1975), focuses on an encounter ... More


The Flying Crow Blues

Paul Swinton

in Shreveport Sounds in Black and White

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
March 2014
ISBN:
9781934110416
eISBN:
9781604733037
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:
10.14325/mississippi/9781934110416.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter describes the blues recording “Flying Crow Blues” by Oscar “Buddy” Woods and Ed Schaffer, playing together as the Shreveport Home Wreckers. The recoding is a Shreveport example of a ... More


The Gospel Caravan: Midcentury Melodies

Robert M. Marovich

in A City Called Heaven: Chicago and the Birth of Gospel Music

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039102
eISBN:
9780252097089
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039102.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the continued evolution of the Chicago gospel music in the mid-twentieth century, led by the Good Shepherd Singers, re-christened the Gospel Caravan or simply Caravans. By the ... More


On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Ethan Mordden

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Stephen Sondheim’s Company appeared in 1970, and the American musical theatre has never been the same. The adventures of a bachelor and his married friends, Company exploded the musical’s traditional ... More


Beyond France: 1937–1939

Kimberly A. Francis

in Teaching Stravinsky: Nadia Boulanger and the Consecration of a Modernist Icon

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
August 2015
ISBN:
9780199373697
eISBN:
9780199373727
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373697.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Following the death of her mother, Boulanger grew restless in a stifling Paris. From 1936 to 1939 she bolstered her international reputation, first by working in England and then by completing three ... More


An Introduction to Sondheim’s Life and Art

Ethan Mordden

in On Sondheim: An Opinionated Guide

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780199394814
eISBN:
9780199394999
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199394814.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter describes the life and subsequent Broadway career of American composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim. Born into an upper-middle class family in New York, Sondheim enjoyed ... More


Sedalia, Cradle of Classic Ragtime

Edward A. Berlin

in King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780199740321
eISBN:
9780190245221
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199740321.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Opera

In Sedalia, Missouri, a railroad center for shipping livestock and produce, Joplin found a town rich in employment possibilities for musicians. Aside from music in the bars, gambling houses, and ... More


That’s All It Does: Steve Reich and Balinese Gamelan

Michael Tenzer

in Rethinking Reich

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2019
ISBN:
9780190605285
eISBN:
9780190605315
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190605285.003.0014
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Though integral to his formation as a composer, Steve Reich’s studies of Balinese gamelan have been overlooked. In part this is because of a certain redundancy: features of Balinese overlap ... More


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