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All of this music belongs to the nation : the WPA's Federal Music Project and American society / Kenneth J. Bindas.

Author/creator Bindas, Kenneth J.
Format Book and Print
Edition1st edition
Knoxville : University of Tennessee Press, ©1995.
Descriptionxiv, 164 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents The contradictions of creation -- The people's music, 1935-1936 -- Expansion, curtailment, and attack, 1937-1938 -- The only response : expanded exposure -- Gettysburg : an opera for the people -- Evaluation and participation : American composers and the FMP -- Exposure, not equality : Black musicians and the FMP -- Stepdaughters of Orpheus : women musicians and the FMP -- Bringing in all the people : Hispanics, gypsies, and cowboys -- An end of it all.
Abstract Established in 1935 under the aegis of the Works Progress Administration, the Federal Music Project (FMP) was designed to employ musicians who were hard hit by the economic devastation of the Great Depression. All of This Music Belongs to the Nation is the first book-length study of the FMP and the many paradoxes and conflicts that marked its four-year existence. As Kenneth J. Bindas points out, the FMP leadership was more conservative than that of the sister projects in art, theater, and writing. Its stated aim of "raising" the taste of musicians and citizens alike created a particular problem. Although many unemployed musicians came from the sphere of popular music, such as jazz and Tin Pan Alley, the FMP chose to emphasize "cultured" music, particularly the orchestral works of composers in the European classical tradition. Inevitably, this created tension within the project, as those musicians deemed "popular" received second-class treatment and, in the case of racial and ethnic minorities, were segregated and stereotyped. Despite these troubles, Bindas demonstrates, the FMP succeeded in bringing music to millions of listeners across the country.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages 145-159) and index.
LCCN 95004375
ISBN0870499092 (cloth : alk. paper)

Available Items

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Music Closed Stacks - Ask at Circulation Desk ML62 .B56 1995 ✔ Available Place Hold