"High-Minded and Low-Down: Music in the Lives of...

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April 09, 2000|By Michael Pakenham

"High-Minded and Low-Down: Music in the Lives of Americans 1800-1861" by Nicholas E. Tawa (Northeastern University Press, 343 pages, $50 cloth, $20 paper)

To this delightful, richly anecdotal tracing of the how and why of music in the personal and family lives of pre-Civil War Americans Professor Tawa brings scholarship and triumphant enthusiasm. From church services, neighborhood and dynastic parties, work, politics and workaday entertainments, Tawa draws solid musical history and social significance. A solid work to read methodically, and a joy to dip into for bits and pieces.

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