America's Music

From the Pilgrims to the PresentThird Edition

Author: Gilbert Chase
The monumental and definitive account of music in America
Paper – $32
Publication Date
Paperback: 01/01/1992
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About the Book

Completely rewritten, the updated third edition of American Music broadens the scope of the classic text. Gilbert Chase devotes greater attention to modern forms like jazz, folk, and popular music, while expanding existing scholarship. Chase's musical tour begins with the various religious movements that dominated our musical expression for over two centuries. From there, he explores the rapid changes and artistic flowerings of the twentieth century—a series of musical revolutions that saw the development of "serious" instrumental music and an influential avant-garde alongside the birth of ragtime, jazz, and a far-reaching constellation of popular forms.

Written by the leading expert of his era, American Music is a long-standing classroom perennial and an indispensable guide to anyone interested in the United States and its musical heritage.

About the Author

The late Gilbert Chase taught at Tulane University and the University of Texas at Austin, and was former chairman of the Inter-American Music Council. His books include Contemporary Art in Latin America, A Guide to the Music of Latin America, and The Music of Spain.


"Still leads the field, with unmatched scholarship, polished language, and grand conception. . . . A remarkable book."--American Music

"A powerful summary of Chase's life's work. He remains an original and persuasive historian, whose mastery of contextual analysis is admirable."--Ethnomusicology

"A landmark in American musical historiography. . . . Indispensable for music teachers and scholars; moreover, it is accessible to the layman. . . . An exhaustive bibliography, excellent discography, and rarely seen illustrations and photographs add to its attractiveness."--Black Perspectives in Music


Winner of a Special Commendation from the Sonneck Society, 1989. (Cf. Society for American Music)