This collection of new essays focuses on the crucial period at the end of the 19th and early 20th century when American music developed its own unique social and cultural institutions.
"Easily apprehended by non-specialists; there is no disciplinary jargon. Readers can engage in subjects as far-ranging as MSnnerchsre, instrument manufacturing, black women singers, opera, and town bands, and they can traverse the country from New England to Los Angeles, with stops in New York, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, Kentucky, and Indianapolis. The essays in this collection . . . champion the unique voice that is America." -- Notes