Music in Rural New England Family and Community Life,1870-1940
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Music in Rural New England Family and Community Life,1870-1940

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Mixed media product 256 Pages / Published: 22/10/2004
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Before 1940, residents in rural New England communities listened to and performed music in limited social spheres - the home, neighborhood, village, or work place. Few opportunities existed at that time to bring new music into the community or to share local music more widely. When commerce and the media began to dominate the music scene with the phonograph and, later, the radio, exchanges among musicians and fans transcended the local and broadened spheres of influence and radically altered the musical landscape. Drawing upon interviews and archival primary source materials, this book presents new insights into the musical practices and traditions of late-nineteenth- and early-twentieth-century rural Northern New England - a context that includes traditional ballads and hymns and, surprisingly, popular songs and commercial dance music. Jennifer C. Post lets the voices of ordinary people - the participants - tell us about their music and cultural history. Their stories are infused with issues of concern to ethnomusicologists, historians, and social scientists about landscape and community, gendered expression, imagined traditions, and historical representation.

Publisher: University Press of New England
ISBN: 9781584654155
Number of pages: 256
Weight: 671 g
Dimensions: 229 x 152 x 31 mm


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"Jennifer Post's book is a quite successful attempt to put songs and instrumental music into the context of everyday life in rural communities in northern New England. It examines music's environments, music in its native habitat...This is a commendable book, one that advances our knowledge of community culture in northern New England."--The New England Quarterly
"A rich and thought-provoking volume."--Vermont History
"Most interesting is the comparison of men's and women's musical memories, performance spaces, and styles... Essential."--Choice
"A milestone in the literature on American's far northeastern corner. Addressing the need for a historical overview of the region's vernacular music and dance traditions, Post deftly applies ethnographic rigor to the telling of a story whose details offer insightful commentary on a familiar premise: continuity and change."--Notes: Journal of the Music Library Association

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