Music of the Common Tongue: Survival and Celebration in African American Music

By: Small, Christopher

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Publisher's glossy wraps. In clear and elegant prose, Music of the Common Tongue, first published in 1987, argues that by any reasonable reckoning of the function of music in human life the African American tradition, that which stems from the collision between African and European ways of doing music which occurred in the Americas and the Caribbean during and after slavery, is the major western music of the twentieth century. In showing why this is so, the author presents not only an account of African American music from its origins but also a more general consideration of the nature of the music act and of its function in human life. The two streams of discussion occupy alternate chapters so that each casts light on the other. The author offers also an answer to what the Musical Times called the "seldom posed though glaringly obtrusive" question: "why is it that the music of an alienated, oppressed, often persecuted black minority should have made so powerful an impact on the entire industrialized world, whatever the color of its skin or economic status?". Some underlining and marginal notes, else as new. VERY GOOD.. 8vo 8" - 9" tall. xi, 495 pp

Title: Music of the Common Tongue: Survival and Celebration in African American Music

Author Name: Small, Christopher

Categories: Theatre & Performing Arts, Music,

Edition: 1

Publisher: Hanover, New Hampshire, Wesleyan University Press / University Press of New England: 1998

ISBN Number: 0819563579

ISBN Number 13: 9780819563576

Binding: Soft Cover

Book Condition: Very Good with no dust jacket

Item: 1.00 lbs

Seller ID: 6694

Keywords: Music; African-american; Black Heritage Heritage; Folk music;