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Author Duchan, Joshua S.

Title Powerful voices : the musical and social world of collegiate a cappella / Joshua S. Duchan
Published Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, [2012]
©2012
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Description 1 online resource (ix, 256 pages) : illustrations
Series Tracking pop
Tracking pop.
Contents From nineteenth-century glee clubs to barbershop harmony -- The Whiffenpoofs: the "first" a cappella group -- Doo-wop and late-twentieth-century vocal pop -- The a cappella explosion -- Musical components and their social motivations -- In rehearsal: a cappella's social performance -- In performance: gender, humor, gesture, and politics -- Technology in collegiate a cappella performance and recording -- Listening to recordings: BOCA and discourse
Summary Collegiate a cappella, part of a long tradition of unaccompanied singing, is known to date back on American college campuses to at least the colonial era. Considered in the context of college glee clubs, barbershop quartets, early-twentieth-century vocal pop groups, doo-wop groups, and late-twentieth-century a cappella manifestations in pop music, collegiate a cappella is an extension of a very old tradition of close harmony singing--one that includes but also goes beyond the founding of the Yale Whiffenpoofs. Yet despite this important history, collegiate a cappella has until now never been the subject of scholarly examination. In Powerful Voices: The Musical and Social World of Collegiate A Cappella, Joshua S. Duchan offers the first thorough accounting of the music's history and reveals how the critical issues of sociability, gender, performance, and technology affect its music and experience. Just as importantly, Duchan provides a vital contribution to music scholarship more broadly, in several important ways: by expanding the small body of literature on choruses and amateur music; by addressing musical and social processes in a field where the vast majority of scholarship focuses on individuals and their products; and by highlighting a musical context long neglected by musicologists--the college campus. Ultimately, Powerful Voices is a window on a world of amateur music that has begun to expand its reach internationally, carrying this uniquely American musical form to new global audiences, while playing an important role in the social, cultural, and musical education of countless singers over the last century
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-249) and index
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Subject Music in universities and colleges -- United States.
Vocal groups -- United States.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011043631
ISBN 0472028332 (electronic bk.)
9780472028337 (electronic bk.)