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Sounds of the Metropolis: The 19th Century Popular Music Revolution in London, New York, Paris and Vienna

Derek B. Scott


The words “popular music revolution” may instantly bring to mind jazz of the 1920s or rock 'n' roll of the 1950s, but this book argues that the first popular music revolution occurred in the 19th century. This was the period when popular styles first began to assert their independence and distinct values. London, New York, Paris, and Vienna feature prominently as cities in which the challenge to the classical tradition was strongest, and in which original and influential forms of popular music arose, such as the Viennese waltz and polka, minstrelsy, the café-concert, operetta, music hall, the ... More

Keywords: blackface minstrels, cabaret, copyright, dance, light music, morals, music hall, operetta, sheet music, vaudeville

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195309461
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195309461.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Derek B. Scott, author
University of Salford