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Adams, John

Alice Cotter

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2020-09-24

John AdamsIntroductionAmerican composer John Coolidge Adams (b. 1947, Worcester, MA) has created some of the most provocative artistic statements of o...

Afghanistan, Music in

Mark Slobin

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2019-05-29

Music in AfghanistanIntroductionThe literature on the musics of the peoples of Afghanistan is recent and small. Due to the cross-regional setting, Afg...

Air de Cour

Michael Bane

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2017-01-11

Air de CourIntroductionThe air de cour (courtly song) is a genre of secular vocal music produced in France during the late 16th and first half of the ...

Albéniz, Isaac

Walter A. Clark

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2017-07-26

Isaac AlbénizIntroductionIsaac Albéniz y Pascual (b. 29 May 1860–d. 18 May 1909) was born and flourished during a period of simultaneous imperial decl...

American Minstrel Music

Thomas Riis

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2017-04-27

American Minstrel MusicIntroductionThe American minstrel show began as a distinct category of theatrical entertainment in the northern and western par...

American Music Theory, 1955–2017

David Forrest, Severine Neff, John Reef

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

American Music Theory, 1955–2017IntroductionSince ancient Greece, the discipline of music theory has offered explanations for the nature of musical ph...


David Damschroder

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

AnalysisIntroductionActive engagement with music often triggers a curiosity to know how compositions work and what distinguishes various styles and ge...

Anikulapo-Kuti, Fela

Alaba Ilesanmi

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-03-24

Fela Anikulapo-KutiIntroductionAn astute dissident activist, political force, and iconoclast, Fela Anikulapo-Kuti (b. 1938–d. 1997), popularly called ...

Armstrong, Louis

William Bauer

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2018-03-28

Louis ArmstrongIntroductionA towering figure in cultural history, Louis Armstrong transformed music and society. His contributions as jazz trumpeter a...

Asia, Southeast

Christi-Anne Castro

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2014-07-30

Southeast Asia Introduction Southeast Asia is comprised of ten countries. Myanmar, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, and Vietnam are part of the mainl...

Babbitt, Milton

Zachary Bernstein

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-01-12

Milton BabbittIntroductionMilton Babbitt (b. 1916–d. 2011) was one of 20th-century America’s leading composers and a foundational figure in contempora...

Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel

Darrell Berg

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach Introduction The life and works of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (b. 1714–d. 1788) occupy a peculiar position in music hi...

Bach, Johann Christian

Paul Corneilson

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-02-24

Johann Christian BachIntroductionJohann Christian Bach, the youngest son of Johann Sebastian Bach (b. 1685–d. 1750), was one of the originators of the...

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Stephen A. Crist, Derek Stauff

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Johann Sebastian BachIntroductionJohann Sebastian Bach is widely regarded as one of the greatest composers in the history of European art music. Durin...

Ballet Music

Matilda Ann Butkas Ertz

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-10-27

Ballet MusicIntroductionResearch on ballet music has seen steady growth in recent decades within the field of musicology and in interdisciplinary work...

Barber, Samuel

Jeffrey Wright

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Samuel Barber Introduction Samuel Barber, born in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in 1910, knew from an early age that he wanted to compose music. ...

Baroque Music

Tim Carter

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2011-06-29

Baroque Music Introduction “Baroque” is a style-period in music conventionally identified as the 17th century and the first half of the 18th, i...

Bartók, Béla

Lynn Hooker, Peter Laki, Alexis Witt

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2021-03-24

Béla BartókIntroductionBéla Bartók (b. 1881–d. 1945) was one of the most influential musical figures of the 20th century, particularly from outside th...

Beatles, The

Ian Inglis

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2013-03-19

Beatles Introduction The Beatles (John Lennon, 1940–1980, rhythm guitar and vocals; Paul McCartney, 1942–, bass guitar and vocals; George Harr...

Beethoven, Ludwig van

John D. Wilson

Subject: Music »

Date Added: 2020-03-25

Ludwig van BeethovenIntroductionFew if any other composers in the history of European art music have inspired more words on paper than Ludwig van Beet...

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