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From Harmonic Style to Genre: The Early History (1890s–1940s) of the Uniquely American Musical Term Barbershop

From Harmonic Style to Genre: The Early History (1890s–1940s) of the Uniquely American Musical... Fré Dér IC Dö Hl From Harmonic s tyle to Genre: The e arly History (1890s-1940s) of the u niquely American m usical Term Barbershop I. For many decades, the genre of four-part a cappella singing called “bar- bershop” was a field of virtually no academic importance. In recent years, however, an increasing interest in its history and current status has become evident. Pioneering works have been written by scholars like l ynn Abbott, Gage Averill, l iz Garnett, James e arl Henry, and r ichard m ook. s uch studies include the examination of quartet singing from an educational, ethnological, and sociocultural point of view. o thers are interested in the one big mainstream success of modern barbershop harmony, meredith Willson’s The Music Man, in the broadway musical (1957) and the Hollywood film (1962). b esides that, special attention has always been paid to the interesting historical problem of the possible ori- gins of this genre. In recent years, new insights and greater clarity have been acquired, which include aesthetic issues relating to sound, some answers to questions of race, gender, and other social factors shaping the genre, and exploration of the ideology surrounding the so-called revival around http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

From Harmonic Style to Genre: The Early History (1890s–1940s) of the Uniquely American Musical Term Barbershop

American Music , Volume 32 (2) – Jan 29, 2015

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University of Illinois Press
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1945-2349

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Fré Dér IC Dö Hl From Harmonic s tyle to Genre: The e arly History (1890s-1940s) of the u niquely American m usical Term Barbershop I. For many decades, the genre of four-part a cappella singing called “bar- bershop” was a field of virtually no academic importance. In recent years, however, an increasing interest in its history and current status has become evident. Pioneering works have been written by scholars like l ynn Abbott, Gage Averill, l iz Garnett, James e arl Henry, and r ichard m ook. s uch studies include the examination of quartet singing from an educational, ethnological, and sociocultural point of view. o thers are interested in the one big mainstream success of modern barbershop harmony, meredith Willson’s The Music Man, in the broadway musical (1957) and the Hollywood film (1962). b esides that, special attention has always been paid to the interesting historical problem of the possible ori- gins of this genre. In recent years, new insights and greater clarity have been acquired, which include aesthetic issues relating to sound, some answers to questions of race, gender, and other social factors shaping the genre, and exploration of the ideology surrounding the so-called revival around

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

Published: Jan 29, 2015

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