Music at Wesleyan
From Glee Club to Gamelan
Sales Date: 2010-09-15
A vividly illustrated, richly anecdotal account of over 150 years of music at Wesleyan University
This is the first account of the evolution of music at Wesleyan University, a campus known since the mid-nineteenth century for its musical life—first as the "Singing College of New England" and then, after 1960, as the home of a renowned undergraduate and graduate department that integrates world music studies with more traditional Western and experimental musical forms. Through excerpts from accounts in the campus newspaper over the earlier decades and eyewitness accounts by key figures in recent times, the book compactly surveys a wide range of musical formations, practices, repertoires, and events from the 1830s to the early 2000s. Vividly illustrated with both historical and contemporary images, Music at Wesleyan presents a portrait of the school that today blends educational innovation and cultural diversity with creative passion and intellectual rigor, and includes a foreword by Richard K. Winslow, the John Spencer Camp Professor of Music, Emeritus at Wesleyan University. A companion digital archive at http://wesscholar.wesleyan.edu/maw_audio/ features audio files of glee club, gamelan, jazz, experimental, African, Indian, and other performances.
THE EARLY DECADES OF THE "SINGING COLLEGE"
The Glee Club World
The Ceremonial Music World
THE WORLD MUSIC ERA: 1960 AND BEYOND
World Music Takes Root and Flourishes
The Experimental Music Tradition Expands
Newer World Music Traditions