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Calling the Tune: The Los Angeles Federal Music Project

Catherine Parsons Smith

in Making Music in Los Angeles: Transforming the Popular

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520251397
eISBN:
9780520933835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520251397.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter introduces the Los Angeles Federal Music Project (FMP), which partially solved the unemployment problem of musicians in Los Angeles during the Great Depression, first describing the ... More


“The Folk of the Nation”: No Horses Need Apply

Peter Gough and Peggy Seeger

in Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039041
eISBN:
9780252097010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039041.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter provides a definition of folk music. Precise definition of the term folk music has long confounded scholars and been the source of endless debate and controversy; general agreements, ... More


the Politics of Work: Idealism Confronts Bureaucracy in the Federal Music Project

Leta E. Miller

in Music and Politics in San Francisco: From the 1906 Quake to the Second World War

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520268913
eISBN:
9780520950092
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520268913.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

On May 27, 1937, San Franciscans turned out in force to launch an exuberant celebration marking the completion of a long-planned, headline-grabbing engineering marvel: the Golden Gate Bridge. The ... More


“Out Where the West Begins”: Arizona, New Mexico, and Nevada

Peter Gough and Peggy Seeger

in Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039041
eISBN:
9780252097010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039041.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines the Music Projects in the states of Nevada, Arizona, and New Mexico. In Arizona and New Mexico, the Music Projects began expeditiously in late 1935 and continued well into the ... More


Introduction

Peter Gough and Peggy Seeger

in Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039041
eISBN:
9780252097010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039041.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This introductory chapter provides an overview of the Federal Music Project (FMP). Initiated in 1935 as a part of President Franklin Roosevelt's New Deal plan for fiscal recovery, the FMP composed ... More


Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

Peter Gough

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039041
eISBN:
9780252097010
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039041.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

At its peak, the Federal Music Project (FMP) employed nearly 16,000 people who reached millions of Americans through performances, composing, teaching, and folksong collection and transcription. This ... More


Conclusion: “The Varied Carols We Hear”

Peter Gough and Peggy Seeger

in Sounds of the New Deal: The Federal Music Project in the West

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039041
eISBN:
9780252097010
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039041.003.0009
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter argues that while the Federal Music Project (FMP) and WPA Music Program in the American West reflected many of the societal prejudices of the day, it was the New Deal emphasis on ... More


Compositional Beginnings, 1933–1936

Amy C. Beal

in Johanna Beyer

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252039157
eISBN:
9780252097133
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252039157.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Beyer's compositional beginnings. Aside from several solo pieces composed in 1931 and 1932—a piano waltz and two solo clarinet suites, respectively—Beyer composed several ... More


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