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Music 005 Notes 4-17-07 Commercial Music in the U.S.A. Stephen Foster (1826-64) The leading American song composer of the nineteenth century, in spite of short life span Raised in Pittsburgh Self-taught (as where so many Romantics) Earned his living as a songwriter Many of his songs where for minstrel shows ( comedy, music, dance, audience participation, raciest ) “I Dream of Jeanie” (1854) (4/7) Extremely simple, extremely catchy Is it unsophisticated, or is it sophisticated but judicious? o Compare shubert’s “Heidenroslein” o In the near-absence of non-chord tones, the few that are present have a strong effect (or do they?) o Pictoral accompaniment ( floating) Authentic Romanticism, or Wal-mart Romanticism? Wal-mart, cheap version Scott Joplin (1867-1917) A “natural musician”; born improviser Born in Texas, worked in St. Louis before moving to New York City Played in saloons, brothels, but was “cultivated musician” (in his words): hoped
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