William Studwell has done it again! In The National and Religious Song Reader, the author presents more than 120 enjoyable and informative essays on national, patriotic, and religious songs from around the world. Readers will learn the answers to such questions as: Was “Dixie” actually first performed in New York City? Which 16th-century English composition is referred to by Shakespeare in The Merry Wives of Windsor? What well-known hymn was written by Martin Luther in 1529? And what is a waltzing matilda anyway? (Hint: It's not a dancing young lady.)
Studwell's latest collection follows the form and style of his earlier works, The Popular Song Reader and The Christmas Carol Reader, as he relays interesting facts about each song through anecdotes, humor, poetry, and a generally lighthearted yet scholarly approach. In addition to information about each song and its composer, the author also discusses how the song reflected society at the time and how the song itself has influenced popular culture. The book is divided into four sections:
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Patriotic, traditional and sacred songs from around the world are the feature of a delightful presentation which collects facts about each song through anecdotes, humor and light scholarship. The insights on social influences and music creation are well done and readers may anticipate a reference which is much more readable than initially appears. -- Midwest Book Review
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Book Description Routledge, 1996. Book Condition: Good. 0th Edition. Former Library book. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. Bookseller Inventory # GRP79242376
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