Vocal parlor songs of the Civil War by George Frederick Root

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dc.contributor.advisor Koriath, Kirby Lawrence, 1941- en_US
dc.contributor.author Walters, John A. en_US
dc.coverage.spatial n-us--- en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:32:12Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:32:12Z
dc.date.created 2002 en_US
dc.date.issued 2002
dc.identifier LD2489.Z62 2002 .W35 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/181732
dc.description.abstract The United States Civil War continues to be an intriguing aspect of history to both scholar and layperson. In light of this broad interest, the relatively small amount of scholarly study of music created by American composers during these years is conspicuous. One of the war's significant composers, both in relationship to the composition and publication of songs in America, was George Frederick Root. Not only were Root's compositions numerous, several pieces assumed major positions in the ongoing sociopolitical musings of a nation seeking to process these turbulent years. This document explores Root's development and productivity as a Civil War era composer and publisher. It also considers his music as representative of the scores of popular compositions that reflected the spirit, artistry, politics, religion, and social processing by the people of the United States of America during one of the most defining periods of its relatively short existence.Chapter one serves as an introduction. It identifies the context, scope, methodology, and delimitation of the study.Chapter two provides a brief overview of the social and cultural climate of the country at the time of the Civil War. It identifies how various forms of artistic expression carried the war directly into private parlors and public squares. More specifically, it discusses the role of parlor songs not only as an important cultural expression for the nation, but also as a valuable commodity for composers and publishers of music such as George Frederick Root.Chapter three describes the developmental years of Root as a composer and businessman. From Willow Farm to the first Normal Music Institute, Root built a foundation of experience and skill that set the scene for a significant impact upon American culture. Influenced by musicians such as Lowell Mason, Louis Gottschalk, and Stephen Foster, his musical landscape was diverse and deeply rooted in the language of popular culture. George Root partnered with his brother Ebenezer Root and business associate Cauncey Cady at the Chicago-based publishing firm of Root and Cady to provide a production and delivery system for music that infiltrated all areas of the country.Chapter four is a collection of Root's thirty-six vocal Civil War parlor songs published by the Root and Cady Publishing Company. The songs are reproduced from the original sheet music. Each song is summarized and the entire collection is analyzed based upon musical and textual considerations.Chapter five provides a summary of this project as well as questions for further study. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship School of Music
dc.format.extent vii, 323 leaves : facsims., music ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.other Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895. en_US
dc.subject.other Root, George F. (George Frederick), 1820-1895 -- Themes, motives. en_US
dc.subject.other United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Songs and music. en_US
dc.title Vocal parlor songs of the Civil War by George Frederick Root en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (D.A.) en_US
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/1248305 en_US


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