American Music

Refined, “high culture” music along European lines was a very late arrival to the seaboard cities of colonial British America. Instead, early music in Colonial America was a musical patchwork, as each native and immigrant culture contributed its own musical sensibilities, instruments, and styles. These various musical traditions affected each other in countless ways. Yet, by 1776, it would still be difficult, if not impossible, to identify a unique, unified, American musical style. It makes more sense to imagine a number of loosely affiliated American “musics” at the crossroads of three continents: America, Europe, and Africa.

All Your Music Needs: Native American Music

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