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Abbey, Henry Eugene

Harvey R. Brenneise.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Theatre; Music Business, Institutions, and Organizations. 1225 words.

Abbey, Henry Eugene (27 June 1846–17 October 1896), theatrical and operatic manager and impresario, was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Henry Stephen Abbey, a clockmaker and partner in a...

Abbott, Emma

Katherine K. Preston.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Voice; Music Business, Institutions, and Organizations. 1175 words.

Abbott, Emma (09 December 1850–05 January 1891), soprano and opera impresario, was born in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Seth Abbott, an itinerant musician and music teacher, and...

Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723–1787), composer and concert impresario

Stephen M. Buhler.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Composition; Music Business, Institutions, and Organizations. 1034 words.

Abel, Karl Friedrich (1723–1787), composer and concert impresario, was born on 22 December 1723 in Cöthen, Saxony, one of six children. His father, Christian Ferdinand Abel (c.1683–1737),...

Abell, John (b. 1653, d. in or after 1716), singer and composer

W. B. Squire.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Voice; Composition. 711 words.

Abell, John (b. 1653, d. in or after 1716), singer and composer, was born in Aberdeenshire and was admitted as a 'gentleman of his majesty's chapel extraordinary' on 1 May 1679, about which...

Abrahams, Doris Caroline [pseud. Caryl Brahms] (1901–1982), writer and songwriter

Ned Sherrin.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Composition; Literature. 901 words.

Abrahams, Doris Caroline [pseud. Caryl Brahms] (1901–1982), writer and songwriter, was born at 28 Morland Road, Croydon, Surrey, on 8 December 1901, the only child of Henry Clarence...

Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer

Olive Baldwin and Thelma Wilson.

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Voice; Composition. 1820 words.

Abrams, Harriett (c. 1758–1821), singer and composer, was, according to her niece's husband, Thomas Adolphus Trollope, the daughter of a man who came to England 'in the suite of some...

Abrams, Theodosia (c. 1769–1849), singer

in Oxford Dictionary of National Biography

September 2004; p ublished online September 2004 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Voice. 3 words.

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Abshire, Nathan

Mark F. DeWitt.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Country and Western Music; Keyboard. 1205 words.

Abshire, Nathan (27 June 1913–13 May 1981), Cajun musician, was born near Gueydan, Louisiana, the son of Lennis Abshire. His mother’s name is unknown. From a family of accordion players,...

Absolute Music, Mechanical Reproduction

Arved Ashby.

June 2010; p ublished online May 2012 .

Book. Subjects: Applied Music. 336 pages.

Recordings are now the primary way we hear classical music, especially the more abstract styles of “absolute” instrumental music. This book argues that recording technology has transformed...

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Accents and Other Expression Marks

Donna Louise Gunn.

in Discoveries from the Fortepiano

December 2015; p ublished online December 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Applied Music. 3000 words.

The chapter explores how the matchless sound qualities of the fortepiano determine execution of essential Classical Era signs and symbols. Eighteenth-century music notational language is...

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Ace, Johnny

James M. Salem.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Composition; Blues; Jazz. 1266 words.

Ace, Johnny (09 June 1929–25 December 1954), musician, songwriter, and rhythm and blues star, was born John Marshall Alexander, Jr., in Memphis, Tennessee, the son of John Marshall...

Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom

Karel Butz.

September 2019; p ublished online August 2019 .

Book. Subjects: Applied Music. 256 pages.

Achieving Musical Success in the String Classroom describes the author’s pragmatic pedagogical approach toward developing complete musicianship in beginning through...

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Acoustemologies of the Closet

William Cheng.

in The Oxford Handbook of Virtuality

February 2014; p ublished online December 2013 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Music and Media; Applied Music. 5758 words.

Many online video games nowadays feature voice-chat capabilities that enable players to speak with one another through microphones connected to computers and gaming consoles. Players who...

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Acoustic Scenography and Interactive Audio

Jan Paul Herzer.

in The Oxford Handbook of Interactive Audio

May 2014; p ublished online July 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Music; Applied Music. 5012 words.

The chapter discusses the use of interactive audio concepts and sound installations in built environments such as museums, exhibitions, trade fairs, and points of sale. It collects...

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The Acoustics of Different Genres of Singing

Johan Sundberg.

in The Oxford Handbook of Singing

April 2019; p ublished online October 2014 .

Article. Subjects: Applied Music. 8188 words.

This chapter reviews several studies of singing in different styles. The studies reveal that the differences concern all the main dimensions of phonation: pitch, loudness, phonation type,...

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Action

Robert Toft.

in With Passionate Voice

January 2015; p ublished online January 2015 .

Chapter. Subjects: Applied Music; Music Theory and Analysis. 6465 words.

The art of speaking and singing well could not reach perfection if it lacked action, that is, elegant hand gestures combined with natural motions of the head and the body, as well as a...

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Acuff, Roy

Charles K. Wolfe.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Radio; Country and Western Music; Composition. 1429 words.

Acuff, Roy (15 September 1903–23 November 1992), country music singer and composer, was born Roy Claxton Acuff in Maynardsville, Tennessee, just a few miles north of Knoxville in a spur of...

Adams, Pepper

Barry Kernfeld.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1834 words.

Adams, Pepper (08 October 1930–10 September 1986), jazz baritone saxophonist, was born Park Adams III in Highland Park, Michigan, the son of Park Adams, Jr., a manager of a furniture store,...

Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists

Lora Deahl and Brenda Wristen.

December 2017; p ublished online November 2017 .

Book. Subjects: Applied Music. 320 pages.

Adaptive Strategies for Small-Handed Pianists brings together information from ergonomics, physics, biomechanics, anatomy, medicine, and piano pedagogy to focus on the subject...

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Adderley, Cannonball

Frank Tirro.

in American National Biography Online

January 1999; p ublished online February 2000 .

Reference Entry. Subjects: Woodwinds; Blues; Jazz. 1331 words.

Adderley, Cannonball (15 September 1928–08 August 1975), jazz saxophonist, was born Julian Edwin Adderley in Tampa, Florida, the son of Julian Carlyle Adderley, a high school guidance...