1st Edition

Researching Secular Music and Dance in the Early United States
Extending the Legacy of Kate Van Winkle Keller

Edited By

Laura Lohman

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ISBN 9780367483005
May 18, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
256 Pages 37 B/W Illustrations

USD $160.00

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Book Description

This book provides a practical introduction to researching and performing early Anglo-American secular music and dance with attention to their place in society. Supporting growing interest among scholars and performers spanning numerous disciplines, this book contributes quality new scholarship to spur further research on this overshadowed period of American music and dance. Organized in three parts, the chapters offer methodological and interpretative guidance and model varied approaches to contemporary scholarship. The first part introduces important bibliographic tools and models their use in focused examinations of individual objects of material musical culture. The second part illustrates methods of situating dance and its music in early American society as relevant to scholars working in multiple disciplines. The third part examines contemporary performance of early American music and dance from three distinct perspectives ranging from ethnomusicological fieldwork and phenomenology to the theatrical stage. Dedicated to scholar Kate Van Winkle Keller, this volume builds on her legacy of foundational contributions to the study of early American secular music, dance, and society. It provides an essential resource for all those researching and performing music and dance from the revolutionary era through the early nineteenth century. 

Table of Contents


David K. Hildebrand and Laura Lohman

Part I Interpreting Material Objects of Music and Dance Culture

  1. Early American Secular Music and Its European Sources, 1589–1839: An Index
  2. Raoul F. Camus

  3. Aaron Thompson, His Book of Notes: The First American Transcription of Five Country Dances and Their Tunes
  4. Richard Spicer

  5. A Scrapbooking President and a Few Good Tunes: Researching Early American Musical Practices through the Jefferson-Randolph Family Scrapbooks
  6. Laura Lohman

    Part II Situating Dance and Its Music in Early American Society

  7. Keller’s Approach: New Perspectives in Dance History
  8. Heather Blasdale Clarke

  9. Successful Campaigns: The Commercialization of Leisure and Self-Presentation in Early America
  10. Graham Christian

  11. Mozart, America’s First Waltz-King
  12. Michael Broyles

    Part III Research and Contemporary Performance

  13. A Practical Guide for Recreating Early American Music and Dance: Thoughts after 40 Years in the Trenches
  14. David K. Hildebrand

  15. Soundscapes of Tradition: Ancient Fifing and Drumming and the Embodiment of Place in the Connecticut River Valley
  16. Timothy Murray

  17. Imagining Colonial America and the Early Republic in Musical Theatre: Historical Tensions and Creative Possibilities in Dearest Enemy (1925) and Hamilton (2015)

       William A. Everett


Laura Lohman, David K. Hildebrand, and Heather Blasdale Clarke


Robert M. Keller, Anne Keller Geraci, and Margaret Keller Dimock

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Laura Lohman is Professor of Music and Director at Queens University of Charlotte. Her previous publications in music include Umm Kulthum: Artistic Agency and the Shaping of an Arab Legend, 1967-2007 (2010) and Hail Columbia! American Music and Politics in the Early Nation (2020).