The Lost Chords: The Early Barbershop Revival

Gage Averill

in Four Parts, No Waiting

Published in print February 2003 | ISBN: 9780195116724
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199849550 | DOI:

Series: American Musicspheres Series

The Lost Chords: The Early Barbershop Revival

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Between 1925 and 1935, three significant sheet music books for barbershop quartets were published to further aid in establishing and publicizing barbershop quartets and barbershop arrangements: Barber Shop Ballads, Close Harmony: Male Quartets, Ballads, and Funnies with Barber Shop Chord, and A Handbook for Adeline Addicts. The common thing about these books is that none of them accounted for the contributions of blacks to close harmony, they did not recognize some famous songs as having debuted as vaudeville quartets, and they regarded Tin Pan Alley songs as a commonwealth of only white Americans. Attention is also given to the idea of how amateurism plays a vital role in folk-music that is probably brought about by social change linked with neo-Victorianism. Soon after that however, barbershop harmonies were restored by the barbershop revival society.

Keywords: sheet music books; barbershop arrangement; social change; neo-Victorianism; barbershop revival society

Chapter.  11890 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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