An Introduction to America's Music (2nd Edition) by Richard Crawford, Larry Hamberlin

By Richard Crawford, Larry Hamberlin

An ear-opening exploration of music’s New international, from Puritan psalmody to mash-ups.

Richard Crawford and Larry Hamberlin exhibit how the vigorous interactions among the people, renowned, and classical spheres have made American song resonate with audiences worldwide. scholars will find out how to hear seriously to eighty-eight items in all of the significant types and genres, whereas gaining a clearer knowing of music's position within the heritage of yank society, enterprise, and know-how.

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In breaking with the Roman Catholic Church, Protestants took issue with some of the main premises of Roman worship. Protestants challenged two key Catholic beliefs: (1) prescribed rituals foster true piety, and (2) God is best praised through sacred expression that pleases the senses. Reformers actually split on the role of ritual. Germanspeaking Protestants, under Martin Luther’s leadership, and many in England who joined the Anglican Church (or Church of England) after King Henry VIII broke with Rome, maintained parts of the Catholic liturgy in translated form.

In classical music, the name of a piece often includes which diatonic scale it is based on; for example, a symphony may be in C minor, or a string quartet in E-flat major. Just as the tonic functions as “home” for all the notes in a scale, a key may function as “home” in a piece of music that travels through several keys. The movement from one key to another—modulation—can create powerful musical effects. 1) where the dynamic drops down to a soft level is also a moment where the music modulates from the “home” key to a lower key, increasing the sense of relaxation at this point in the march.

Rejecting the idea that musical skill was worth cultivating in God’s service, Calvin and his followers assigned music making to the congregation itself. And they found a style of singing suited to the abilities of most members. In comparison with the Catholic practice that it countered, Calvinist sacred music was simple and spare: no part singing, no instrumental accompaniment, and no singing of texts outside the psalms, a book of sacred songs in the Hebrew Scripture (Old Testament). Their practice of singing psalms in worship is called psalmody.

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