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American Music: A Panorama, Concise Edition, 4th Edition

  • Lorenzo Candelaria
  • Daniel Kingman
  • ISBN-10: 0495916129
  • ISBN-13: 9780495916123
  • 352 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003, 1998
  • COPYRIGHT: 2012 Published
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About the Product

This briefer, more accessible edition of our best-selling survey text describes American music as a panorama of distinct yet parallel streams - vernacular, sacred, and classical - that reflect the diverse character of the United States. Comparing and contrasting musical styles across regions and time, Candelaria and Kingman deliver a vision of American music both exuberant and inventive, a music that arises out of the history and musical traditions of the many immigrants to America's shores.


  • The new reorganization focuses the reader's attention on the styles and genres most representative of the character of American music. For example, in chapter 14, Tin Pan Alley (an important topic scattered throughout the chapter in the previous edition), now appears in a single, compact discussion placed logically at the end of the chapter to underscore its importance. Also, the text's topical organization allows instructors great flexibility in designing their courses without sacrificing the historical context of each musical style and genre.

  • A 4-CD set has nearly 100 tracks, more selections than any other book. These musical selections illustrates the roots, influences, and moments that define American music.

  • Coverage of the most recent musical traditions to join the American panorama including a new section on hip hop speak to students about their musical heritage and listening preferences.

  • Frequent cross-referencing of the recordings in the text shows the roots of one style in another and the influence one style has had on another. Approximately 100 photographs with extensive captions capture the music's historical context.

  • Projects appearing at the end of each chapter supply assignments and trigger class discussion. Extensive references and additional listening suggestions encourage students to explore on their own.

About the Author

Lorenzo Candelaria

Lorenzo Candelaria (Bachelor of Music, Oberlin College, 1995; Ph.D., Yale University, 2001) is an award-winning teacher and author at The University of Texas at El Paso. He is the recipient of prestigious fellowships from the Fulbright Program and the National Endowment for the Humanities and was presented with the Robert M. Stevenson Award by the American Musicological Society for his book THE ROSARY CANTORAL (2008).

Daniel Kingman

Daniel Kingman is an American composer and Professor Emeritus, California State University, Sacramento.

Table of Contents

1. The English-Celtic Tradition.
Imported Ballads. Listening Cue: “Barbara Allen” (H. J. Beeker). Features Common to Most Ballads. Naturalized Ballads. Listening Cue: “Gypsy Davy” (Woody Guthrie). Native Ballads. Listening Cue: “John Hardy” (The Carter Family). Print and the Ballad. Fiddle Tunes. Listening Cue: “Soldier’s Joy” (Marion Sumner). Print and the Fiddle Tune. Play-Party Songs 14. Listening Cue: “Old Man at the Mill” (Clint Howard, Fred Price, Doc Watson). Key Terms.
2. The African American Tradition.
African Music and Its Relation to Black Music in America. Listening Cue: “Music in Praise of a Yoruba Chief” (Nigeria). Religious Folk Music: The Spiritual. Listening Cue: “Sheep, Sheep, Don’t You Know the Road” (Bessie Jones, Sea Island Singers). Listening Cue: “Jacob’s Ladder” (Paul Robeson). Secular Folk Music. Listening Cue: “Quittin’ Time Song” (Samuel Brooks). Listening Cue: “John Henry” (Arthur Bell). Key Terms.
3. The American Indian Tradition.
Music in Indian Life. Types of Songs According to Purpose. Listening Cue: “Pigeon’s Dream Song” (Louis Pigeon, vocal; Menominee, Northern Plains). Listening Cue: “Cherokee/Creek Stomp Dance” (Eastern Woodlands). Listening Cue: “Butterfly Dance” (San Juan Pueblo, New Mexico). Characteristics of Indian Music. Indian Music and Acculturation. Listening Cue: “Ghost Dance Song” (Pawnee Plains). Listening Cue: “Rabbit Dance” (Los Angeles Northern Singers) 41. Key Terms.
4. Latino Traditions.
The Legacy of the Spanish Conquest. Sacred Music from Mexico. Listening Cue: “Al Pie de Este Santo Altar” (Luis Montoya, vocal; Vincente Padilla, pito). Listening Cue: “Los Posadas” (Franquilino Miranda and group). Secular Music from Mexico. Listening Cue: “Las Abajeñas” (Mariachi Cobre). Listening Cue: “El Corrido de Gregorio Cortéz” (Los Hermanos Banda). Listening Cue: “Mal Hombre” (Lydia Mendoza). The Caribbean and South America - Listening Cue: “Para los Rumberos” (Tito Puente). Key Terms.
5. Diverse Traditions: French, Scandinavian, Arab , and Asian.
The French Influence in Louisiana. Listening Cue: “Midland Two-Step” (Michael Doucet, Beausoleil). Listening Cue: “Zydeco sont pas salé” (Clifton Chenier). The Scandinavian Influence in the Upper Midwest - Listening Cue: “Banjo, Old Time” (LeRoy Larson, Minnesota Scandinavian Ensemble). Arab American Traditions. Listening Cue: “Zaffat al-Hilu” (Majid Kakka, Bells Band). The Asian Influence. Listening Cue: “Tampopo” (Nobuko Miyamoto). Key Terms.
6. Folk Music as an Instrument of Advocacy.
Listening Cue: “The Farmer Is the Man That Feeds Them All” (Fiddlin’ John Carson). The Urban Folk Song Movement of the 1930s and 1940s. Listening Cue “I Am a Union Woman” (Aunt Molly Jackson). Protest and Folk Song in the 1960s. Listening Cue: “Masters of War” (Bob Dylan). Freedom Songs and the Civil Rights Movement in the South. Listening Cue: “We Shall Overcome” (SNCC). Key Terms.
7. Country Music.
Enduring Themes. The “Country Sound”. Commercial Beginnings: Early Recordings, Radio, and the First Stars. Jimmy Rodgers: The Father of Country Music. Listening Cue: “Muleskinner Blues” ( Jimmie Rodgers). The West: Cowboys, Honky-Tonks, and Western Swing. Listening Cue: “Cotton-Eyed Joe” (Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys). Postwar Dissemination and Full-Scale Commercialization. Listening Cue: “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” (Hank Williams). Listening Cue: “I’m Blue Again” (Patsy Cline). Listening Cue: “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” (Willie Nelson). The Persistence and Revival of Traditional Styles. Listening Cue: “Muleskinner Blues” (Bill Monroe and His Blue Grass Boys) 108. Listening Cue: “John Henry” (The Lilly Brothers). Key Terms.
8. The Blues.
Characteristics of the Blues. Listening Cue: “Countin’ the Blues” (Ma Rainey and Her Georgia Jazz Band). Listening Cue: “Prison Cell Blues” (Blind Lemon Jefferson). Listening Cue: “Preachin’ Blues (Up Jumped the Devil)” (Robert Johnson). Early Published Blues. Classic Blues. Blues and Jazz. Boogie-Woogie. Listening Cue: “Mr. Freddie Blues” (Meade “Lux” Lewis). Selling the Country Blues. Urban Blues. Blues at the Turn of the Century. Listening Cue: “Texas Flood” (Stevie Ray Vaughan). Key Terms.
9. Rock Music.
Rock’s Ties to Rhythm and Blues. Listening Cue: “Good Rockin’ Tonight” (Wynonie Harris). Listening Cue: “Rock Around the Clock” (Bill Haley and His Comets). Reaching White Audiences. The Influence of Country Music. Listening Cue: “That’s All Right” (Elvis Presley). Trends from the 1960s to the Present. Listening Cue: “Good Vibrations” (The Beach Boys). Listening Cue: “The Star-Spangled Banner (Live at Woodstock)” (Jimi Hendrix). Listening Cue: “Eruption” (Van Halen). Listening Cue: “Sheena Is a Punk Rocker” (The Ramones). Hip Hop. Listening Cue: “Walk this Way” (Run-DMC). Key Terms.
10. From Psalm Tune to Rural Revivalism.
Psalmody in America. Listening Cue: “Amazing Grace” (Congregation of the Old Regular Baptist Church). The Singing-School Movement. Listening Cue: “Chester” (The Old Sturbridge Singers). Listening Cue: “Amity” (The Old Sturbridge Singers). The Frontier and Rural America in the Nineteenth Century. Listening Cue: “Wondrous Love” (Anonymous 4). Music Among Smaller Independent American Sects. Listening Cue: “ ’Tis the Gift to Be Simple” (The United Society of Shakers). Key Terms.
11. Urban Revivalism and Gospel Music.
Urban Revivalism After the Civil War: The Moody-Sankey Era of Gospel Hymns. Listening Cue: “In the Sweet By-and-By” (The Harmoneion Singers). The Billy Sunday —Homer Rodeheaver Era: Further Popularization. Listening Cue: “Brighten the Corner Where You Are” (Homer Rodeheaver). Gospel Music After the Advent of Radio and Recordings 173. Listening Cue: “Give the World a Smile” (The Stamps Quartet). Listening Cue: “He Got Better Things for You” (Memphis Sanctified Singers). “Swing Down, Chariot” (Golden Gate Quartet). Key Terms.
12. Secular Music in the Cities.
From Colonial Times to the Age of Andrew Jackson. Concerts and Dances. Listening Cue: “The College Hornpipe” (Rodney Miller). Bands and Military Music. Listening Cue: “Lady Hope’s Reel” (American Fife Ensemble). Listening Cue: “Washington’s March” (The Liberty Tree Wind Players). Musical Theater. Listening Cue: “Chorus of Adventurers” from The Indian Princess (Federal Music Society Opera). Popular Song. “Junto Song” (Seth McCoy). Key Terms.
13. Popular Musical Theater and Opera.
From the Age of Andrew Jackson To the Present. Minstrelsy and Musical Entertainment Before the Civil War. Listening Cue: “De Boatman’s Dance” (Ensemble). From the Civil War Through the Turn of the Century. Listening Cue: “The Yankee Doodle Boy” (Richard Perry). The First Half of the Twentieth Century. The Musical in Its Maturity: Show Boat to West Side Story. Listening Cue: “Cool” West Side Story (Original Broadway Cast). The Musical Since West Side Story. Opera in America. Listening Cue: “It Ain’t Necessarily So” (Lawrence Tibbett). Key Terms.
14. Popular Music from the Jacksonian Era.
To the Advent of Rock. Popular Song from the 1830s Through the Civil War. Listening Cue: “Get Off the Track” (The Hutchinson Family Singers). Listening Cue: “Hard Times Come Again No More” (The Hutchinson Family Singers). Listening Cue: “The Battle Cry of Freedom” (George Shirley). Bands and Band Music from the Civil War to John Philip Sousa. Listening Cue: “The Washington Post March” (Advocate Brass Band). Popular Song in the Gilded Age. Tin Pan Alley: Popular Music Publishing Becomes and Industry. Listening Cue: “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime?” (Bing Crosby). Key Terms.
15. Ragtime and Precursors of Jazz.
The Context of Ragtime from Its Origins to Its Zenith. Listening Cue: “Hello! Ma Baby” (Don Meehan, Dave Corey). The Musical Characteristics of Ragtime. Listening Cue: “Maple Leaf Rag” (Scott Joplin). The Decline and Dispersion of Ragtime. Listening Cue: “If Dreams Come True” ( James P. Johnson). Precursors of Jazz. Listening Cue: “Eternity” (Eureka Brass Band). Listening Cue: “Just a Little While to Stay Here” (Eureka Brass Band). Key Terms.
16. Jazz.
The New Orleans Style: The Traditional Jazz of the Early Recordings. Listening Cue: “Dippermouth Blues” (King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band). Listening Cue: “Hotter Than That” (Louis Armstrong and His Hot Five). Chicago’s Jazz Scene in the 1920s. The Swing Era and the Big Bands. Listening Cue: “Ko-ko” (Duke Ellington and His Orchestra). The Emergence of Modern Jazz: Bop as a Turning Point. Listening Cue: “KoKo” (Charlie Parker). Listening Cue: “Out of This World” ( John Coltrane). Jazz Since the 1970s. Listening Cue: “Bitches Brew” (Miles Davis). Key Terms.
17. The Search for an American Identity.
Music Education Before the Civil War. Music Education and Culture After the Mid-Nineteenth Century. Listening Cue: “Pawnee Horses,” Arthur Farwell (Dario Müller). American Music and American Life. Listening Cue: Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin (Oscar Levant). Listening Cue: Afro-American Symphony, William Grant Still (Fort Smith Symphony). Listening Cue: Appalachian Spring, Aaron Copland (New York Philharmonic). America’s Virtuoso Cult. “The Banjo,” Louis Gottschalk (Eugene List). “The Battle of Manassas,” Thomas Wiggins ( John Davis). Key Terms.
18. Twentieth –Century Innovation and the Contemporary World.
Charles Ives: American Innovator. Listening Cue: Four New England Holidays, Charles Ives (Chicago Symphony Orchestra). New York “Modernism”. Listening Cue: Hyperprism, Edgard Varèse (Columbia Symphony Orchestra). Midcentury Modernism. The West Coast: Cowell and Partch. Listening Cue: “The Banshee” (Henry Cowell). New Technology and the New Music. Minimalism. Listening Cue: Piano Phase (Steve Reich). Multimedia Art and Concept Music. Classical Music and the Contemporary World. Listening Cue: The Bushy Wushy Rag, Philip Bimstein (Equinox Chamber Players). Key Terms.
19. Film Music.
A Realistic Film of the American West. Two Films About the Small Town and the Big City. Three Career Film Composers. Listening Cue: “The Murder” Psycho, Bernard Herrmann (Los Angeles Philharmonic). Listening Cue: “The Imperial March” Star Wars, John Williams (London Symphony Orchestra). The American Panorama on Film. Key Terms.

New to this edition

  • NEW! New and expanded coverage of the most recent musical traditions to join the American panorama--Mexican, Asian, and Arabic speak to students about their musical heritage and listening preferences. Also, a revised chapter on Film Music (19) surveys the important role music plays in America's dominant cultural export.
  • NEW! In addition to CDs, audio selections will be available as streaming audio and (via iTunes) as downloads.
  • NEW! Listening Cues point the student toward noteworthy characteristics of an audio selection.
  • NEW! Website devoted exclusively to the text delivers timed listening guides, illustrations, and even more cultural context for the audio selections.
  • NEW! This edition is available as an ebook.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

4 CD Set, Concise  (ISBN-10: 0495916218 | ISBN-13: 9780495916215)

The core of the text, the music on this collection illustrates the breadth and depth of American music with more recordings than any other text on American music. The apt and exuberant selections-particularly in all the folk, sacred, and early popular styles-not only define important moments in the musical history of the United States, but, as with previous editions, destine the CD set for the student's permanent home library.

Student Supplements

4 CD Set, Concise  (ISBN-10: 0495916218 | ISBN-13: 9780495916215)

The core of the text, the music on this collection illustrates the breadth and depth of American music with more recordings than any other text on American music. The apt and exuberant selections-particularly in all the folk, sacred, and early popular styles-not only define important moments in the musical history of the United States, but, as with previous editions, destine the CD set for the student's permanent home library.