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"The Music of American Folk Song" and Selected Other Writings on American Folk Music

"The Music of American Folk Song" and Selected Other Writings on American Folk Music
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This is the first complete publication of the late composer and scholar Ruth Crawford Seeger's major work on American folksongs. It preserves them aswell as demonstrates how they should be played so that they remain a living part of the American musical tradition.
This is the first publication of an annotated monograph by the noted composer and folksong scholar Ruth Crawford Seeger. Originally written as a foreword for the 1940 book Our Singing Country, it was considered too long and was replaced by a much shorter version. According to her stepson, Pete Seeger, when the original was not included "Ruth suffered one of the biggest disappointments of the last ten years of her life. It just killed her .. . She was trying to analyze the whole style and problem of performing this music." Along with her children Mike and Peggy Seeger, he has long desired to see this work in print as it was meant to be read. The manuscript has been edited from several varying sources by Larry Polansky, with the assistance of Seeger's biographer Judith Tick. It is divided into two sections: I. 'A Note on Transcription' and II. 'Notes on the Songs and on Manners of Singing.' Seeger examines all aspects of the relationship between singer, song, notation, the eventual performer, and the transcriber. In Section I, Seeger develops a complex and well-organized system of notation for these songs which is meant to be both descritive (transcription as cultural preservation) and prescriptive (she intended that others would be able to perform these songs). In Section II, she provides an interpretive theory for performance of this music, and suggests how performers might make the songs 'their own' through a deep knowledge of the original styles. Ruth Crawford Seeger considered this work to be both a major accomplishment and a central statement of her own ideas on the topic.Larry Polansky is Associate Professor of Music at Dartmouth College, and a well-known composer and theorist on American music. Judith Tick is Professor of Music at Northeastern University and author of the first major biography of Ruth Crawford Seeger.

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This substantial volume presents a carefully reconstructed transcription of Ruth Crawford Seeger's analysis of American folk song, which was written in the 1930's but never published, as well as three shorter essays. Polansky (music, Dartmouth College) and Judith Tick (music, Northeastern U., and author of a biography of Seeger) provide introductions to Seeger and her work as a scholar of early American music (her stepson, Pete, is the well-known folk singer). Seeger's study of all types of this music, her comments on its writing, and her analysis of the implications of different kinds of musical notation prefigure the field of ethnomusicology and will be of interest to scholars of American vernacular music. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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This is the first complete publication of the late composer and scholar Ruth Crawford Seeger's major work on American folksongs. It preserves them as well as demonstrates how they should be played so that they remain a living part of the American musical tradition.
This is the first publication of an annotated monograph by the noted composer and folksong scholar Ruth Crawford Seeger. Originally written as a foreword for the 1940 book Our Singing Country, it was considered too long and was replaced by a much shorter version. According to her stepson, Pete Seeger, when the original was not included "Ruth suffered one of the biggest disappointments of the last ten years of her life. It just killed her . . . She was trying to analyze the whole style and problem of performing this music." Along with her children Mike and Peggy Seeger, he has long desired to see this work in print as it was meant to be read. The manuscript has been edited from several varying sources by Larry Polansky, with the assistance of Seeger's biographer Judith Tick. It is divided into two sections: I. "A Note on Transcription" and II. "Notes on the Songs and on Manners of Singing." Seeger examines all aspects of the relationship between singer, song, notation, the eventual performer, and the transcriber. In Section I, Seeger develops a complex and well-organized system of notation for these songs which is meant to be both descritive (transcription as cultural preservation) and prescriptive (she intended that others would be able to perform these songs). In Section II, she provides an interpretive theory for performance of this music, and suggests how performers might make the songs "their own" through a deep knowledge of the original styles. Ruth Crawford Seeger considered this work to be both a major accomplishment and a central statement of her own ideas on the topic. Larry Polansky is associate professor of music at Dartmouth College, and a well-known composer and theorist on American music. Judith Tick is professor of music at Northeastern University and author of the first major biography of Ruth Crawford Seeger.

Publisher: Rochester, NY : University of Rochester Press, c2001
ISBN: 158046095X
Branch Call Number: 784.463 S
Characteristics: liv, 156 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Additional Contributors: Polansky, Larry 1954-
Tick, Judith

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Seeger, Ruth Crawford, 1901-1953
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