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The Guitar in AmericaVictorian Era to Jazz Age$
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Jeffrey J. Noonan

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781934110188

Published to University Press of Mississippi: March 2014

DOI: 10.14325/mississippi/9781934110188.001.0001

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The Guitar in America to 1880

The Guitar in America to 1880

(p.7) Chapter One The Guitar in America to 1880
The Guitar in America

Jeffrey J. Noonan

University Press of Mississippi

This chapter focuses on the history of the guitar in America before 1880. It discusses Philip Gura’s survey of the guitar in early nineteenth-century America and the role of the guitar in the newly created chamber ensembles. The chapter also explains how the redefined and reconfigured guitar produced new music, assumed new roles, and represented new cultural values, all of which remain with us today, and considers the role of the continuity of musical tools and language in the history of the guitar.

Keywords:   guitar, America, Philip Gura, chamber ensembles, new music, cultural values, musical tools, musical language

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