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Making Music American: 1917 and the Transformation of Culture

E. Douglas Bomberger


Nineteen seventeen, the year the United States entered World War I, was transformative for American musical culture. The European performers who had dominated classical concert stages for generations came under intense scrutiny, and some of the compositions of Austro-German composers were banned. This year saw the concurrent rise of jazz music from a little-known regional style to a national craze. Significant improvements in recording technology facilitated both the first million-selling jazz record and the first commercial recordings of full symphony orchestras. In a segregated country, as t ... More

Keywords: World War I, jazz, orchestral conductors, Austro-German music, “The Star-Spangled Banner”, nationalism, African Americans in World War I, vaudeville, recording technology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190872311
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190872311.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

E. Douglas Bomberger, author
Professor of Musicology, Elizabethtown College