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作者 Greenberg, Jonathan Ross
書名 Singing up close: Voice, language, and race in American popular music, 1925--1935
國際標準書號 9780549485483
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說明 268 p
附註 Source: Dissertation Abstracts International, Volume: 69-02, Section: A, page: 0428
Advisers: Robert Walser; Robert Fink
Thesis (Ph.D.)--University of California, Los Angeles, 2008
While Tin Pan Alley compositions in the 1920s and 3os largely conformed to a narrow set of formal conventions, actual performances varied radically. A single song often provided the material for performances in a variety of styles, and in each style, performers added a significant layer of meaning to the song. Blues singers, "crooners," jazz singers, and even opera singers sang many of the same songs. The common repertory bound elements of the popular music world together; but at the same time the possibility of idiosyncratic interpretation allowed singers and communities to express their differences
Because of the proliferation of new media that enabled transmission of sound, this period saw a heightened awareness of differences in speech and singing, which resulted in sometimes heated discourse about them. Radio networks and movie studios hired singing teachers and speech experts to establish a protocol for singing style and spoken accents. These media also fostered an awareness of singing and speech in performers themselves, who created styles that expressed cultural identities and conflicts
Using research from disciplines such as linguistic anthropology and dialectology, which have developed methods for making detailed assessments of speech, voice, communication, and performance in linguistic contexts, I analyze singing styles as linguistic and musical practices. Both as individual performers, and as members of stylistic communities, singers participated in heated discourses that weighed common standards against expressions of difference in interwar America
School code: 0031
Host Item Dissertation Abstracts International 69-02A
主題 Language, Linguistics
Black Studies
Alt Author University of California, Los Angeles
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