Tag Archives: American music

Welcome to the University of Illinois Press virtual exhibit for the 2020 joint meeting of the American Musicological Society and the Society for Music Theory! Even though we miss gathering in person this year, we’re still excited to show you … Continue reading

Marian Wilson Kimber’s book The Elocutionists reclaimed a forgotten performance genre. From the mid-1800s to the 1940s, elocutionists recited poetry or drama with music to entertain audiences, in particular women’s groups. Women, in fact, dominated the art, and their purveyance … Continue reading

The Chinatown opera house provided Chinese immigrants with an essential source of entertainment during the pre–World War II era. But its stories of loyalty, obligation, passion, and duty also attracted diverse patrons into Chinese American communities Drawing on a wealth … Continue reading

May Irwin reigned as America’s queen of comedy and song from the 1880s through the 1920s. A genuine pop culture phenomenon, Irwin conquered the legitimate stage, composed song lyrics, and parlayed her celebrity into success as a cookbook author, suffragette, … Continue reading

Last week the Library of Congress announced that it would offer an online archive of the collected papers of folklorist Alan Lomax and his family. This incredible resource will offer the field notes, logs and indexes related to these unparalleled collections, Alan’s … Continue reading