Jazz: A Short History
by Michael Morangelli
Publisher: The Reel Score 1999
Number of pages: 46
This series of articles for JazzFriends will hopefully offer a perspective on Jazz in a historical and cultural context -- and I hope spark some discussion pro and con related to the themes covered in each. Michael Morangelli, Composer.
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by John Frederick Rowbotham - Trübner & co.
From the table of contents: Prehistoric music; The music of the elder civilizations and the music of the Greeks; The decline of paganism and the dark ages; The middle ages, the Arabians, and troubadours. First published in 1885.
by Larry Starr, Christopher Waterman - Oxford University Press
This book is a kaleidoscopic mélange of styles and dreams. Its vibrancy reflects the mating of cultural diversity to artistic freedom. The stories in this book illustrate how Americans have contributed to humanity’s universal language.
by John Gillespie - Dover Publications
John Gillespie has written an invaluable resource for anyone interested in solo keyboard music. There are brief biographies of the most important composers, and the author's recommendations of each composer's best solo keyboard works.
by James Boyle, Jennifer Jenkins, Keith Aoki - Duke University
This comic lays out 2000 years of musical history. A neglected part of musical history. Again and again there have been attempts to police music; to restrict borrowing and cultural cross-fertilization. But music builds on itself.