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Music in American Life
Jacques Barzun
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Music in American Life

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"A penetrating look at the virtues and vices of our musical culture by the author of The House of Intellect."
paperback, 126 pages
Published 1969 by Indiana University Press (first published 1956)
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Dec 04, 2007 Rebecca rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Americanists
Shelves: nonfiction, music, barzun
While Barzun's presentation seems a bit stream-of-consciousness in places, one hardly minds because of the comprehensive totality of his approach. Much like his magnificent (and far more recent) tome, From Dawn to Decadence, this book captures a picture of history as revealed through people, places, art, politics and all the various components of humanistic experience.

Barzun provides the reader with a glimpse of the place of music in American society in the late 1950s. In some areas, his critic
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Jacques Martin Barzun was a French-born American historian of ideas and culture.
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