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The American Music Research Center Journal is published annually--usually in December--with topics of general interest about American music, particularly in subject areas relevant to its collections.  If you are interested in submitting an article, please click here.

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Volume 25 (2016)

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Biographical Timeline, CHRISTINA LYNN-CRAIG

George Lynn’s Westminster Connection, LARRY BISER

George Lynn: A Life Lived in Music, ANNA WHEELER GENTRY

Songs My Father Taught Me: An Overview of the Song Cycles Composed by George Lynn
CHRISTINA LYNN-CRAIG

Musician, Educator, Mentor, Friend: A Personal Reminiscence of George Lynn
GREGORY STAPP

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Volume 24 (2015)

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The Ben Gray Lumpkin Collection of Colorado Folklore, GENE A. CULWELL

Music at the University of Colorado: The Early Years, Part 2, THOMAS L. RIIS

From “New York State of Mind” to “No Man’s Land”: Billy Joel’s Songs about American Places
JOSHUA S. DUCHAN

Colorado Stories, Colorado Songs, LAURIE J. SAMPSEL and DONALD M. PUSCHER

Peter Dunbaugh Smith. A Cultural History of the First Jazz and Blues Communities in Jacksonville, Florida, 1896–1916:
A Contribution of African Americans to American Musical Theater, Reviewed by BRIAN CASEY

AMRC Journal Volume 24   Table of Contents

 

Volume 23 (2014)

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Considering the Other in Indianist Opera: Separation and Assimilation in Victor Herbert’s Natoma,
ROBERT WATERS

Paul Robeson’s Iconic Timbre and the Negotiation of Signification, MELANIE SHAFFER

“Just as necessary and valuable as any of the regular sciences”: Music at the University of Colorado in Its Early Years
THOMAS L. RIIS

Education Through Music: The Fundamental Ideas, CHARLES HUBERT FARNSWORTH

Beth E. Levy, Frontier Figures: American Music and the Mythology of the American West
Reviewed by MATTHEW MUGMON

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Volume 22 (2013)

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William Billings’s VARIETY WITHOUT METHOD: An Experiment in Modulation, KARL KROEGER

Forging a Sound Citizenry: Voice Culture and the Embodiment of the Nation, SCOTT A. CARTER

“Out Where the West Begins”: The Denver Song that Became a Western Classic 
LAURIE J. SAMPSEL and DONALD M. PUSCHER

Nadia Boulanger, Peggy Glanville-Hicks, and American Music, DEBORAH HAYES

Mark Katz, Groove Music: The Art and Culture of the Hip-Hop DJ, Reviewed by JOSEPH R. MATSON

AMRC Journal Volume 22    Table of Contents

 

Volume 21 (2012)

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Serial Minimalist or Minimal Serialist? The Music of John McGuire, PAUL MILLER

The Songs of Leonard Bernstein and Charles Stern in 1942:
Toward the Origins of Bernstein as a Dramatic Composer, LARS HELGERT

Faith and Love in New Hope Valley: A Consideration of Community in Carlisle Floyd’s Susannah, HELEN SMITH

The Second Edition (1837) of William Walker’s The Southern Harmony, DAVID MUSIC

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Volume 20 (2011)
Special Oral History Issue

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One on One: Max Roach in Conversation with Kofi Ghanaba, KWASI AMPENE

Writing and Making Black Music History: An Interview with SAMUEL A. FLOYD, JR

Discovering American Music: An Interview with RICHARD CRAWFORD

Making Musicology Modern: An Interview with CAROL OJA

The American Music Research Center: Some Vignettes from the Early Dominican College Years 
SISTER MARY DOMINIC RAY, with editorial notes by WILLIAM KEARNS

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Volume 19 (2010)

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Introduction, PAUL LAIRD

George Abbott’s Contribution to Musical Comedy Through the 1950s, SYLVIA STONER-HAWKINS

“Am I King or Am I Not King?”: Conflict, Gender, and Reconciliation in The King and I, HSUN LIN

The Actor’s Voice: The Non-Singing Lead in Broadway Musicals of the 1950s, SHARON O’CONNELL CAMPBELL

An Examination of Don Walker’s Style of Orchestration in The Pajama Game,
The Most Happy Fella, and The Music Man, PETER PURIN

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Volume 18 (2009)

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Jean Berger (1909–2002): A Biographical Chronology, LINDA L. GIEDL

Jean Berger: A “Good Neighbor” in the United States, CAROL A. HESS

Composer Meets Critic, Part Two: Selected Excerpts of the Jean Berger/Henry Pleasants Correspondence
with an introduction by LINDA L. GIEDL

In Honor of Jean Berger and His Gifts, TOM MACCLUSKEY

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Volume 17
Pictorial Edition

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Volume 16
Pictorial Edition

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Volume 15 (2005)

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The “Myth-Story” of Stephen C. Foster, or Why His True Story Remains Untold, DEANE L. ROOT

The Tune GOSPEL TRUMPET: Its Origin and Transmission in American Tunebooks, DAVID W. MUSIC

Defining the Sousa March: Its Formal and Stylistic Constants, JONATHAN ELKUS

Music Review: Daniel Read, Musica Ecclesiae, or Devotional Harmony, edited by Karl Kroeger and Marie Kroeger, MAXINE FAWCETT-YESKE

Announcement: Fink Lecture Series

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Volume 14 (2004)

Lost in Translation: American Sounds and British Sensibilities
SUSAN C. COOK

The "Black Swan" in England: Abolition and the Reception of Elizabeth Taylor Greenfield
JULIA CHYBOWSKI

"A Strange, Weird Effect": The Fisk Jubilee Singers in the United States and England
KATIE J. GRABER

"The Dance No Sarabande": Constant Lambert, The Rio Grande, and the American Exotic
RYAN ROSS

"We Go Together": Nostalgia, Gender, Class, and the London Reception of Grease: A New '50s Rock 'N' Roll Musical
JENNI VEITCH OLSON

Book Review: Locating East Asia in Western Art Music, edited by Yayoi Uno Everett and Frederick Lau
JAY KEISTER

Communication

 

Volume 13 (2003)

Troubled Island: A Symposium Introduction
CATHERINE PARSONS SMITH

"Glory is a Pssing Thing": William Grant Still and Langston Hughes Collaborate on Troubled Island
CATHERINE PARSONS SMITH

"Sons of Africa, Come Forth": Compositional Approaches of William Grant Still in the Opera Troubled Island
TAMMY L. KERNODLE

Was Troubled Island Seen by the Critics as a Protest Opera?
GAYLE MURCHISON

Two Aspects of Troubled Island
WAYNE SHIRLEY

An African-American Triptych
EARNEST LAMB

Reverent References: African American Cultural Topics in William Grant Still's Symphonic "Prayer"
HORACE J. MAXILE, JR.

 

Volume 12 (2002)

American Women as Operatic Sharacters: Puccini's Fanciulla del West Versus Chadwick's Marietta in The Padrone
MARIANNE BETZ

"Just a Little While to Stay Here": Louis Armstrong and the Brass Bands of New Orleans
CHARLES KINZER

"The Periphery is Singing Hit Songs": The Globalization of American Jazz and the Interwar Czech Avant-Garde
BRIAN LOCKE

Leonard Marshal and Early American Psalmody
KARL KROEGER

Normand Lockwood:
     An Active Final Decade
     WILLIAM KEARNS and CASSANDRA VOLPE

     A Singular Composer's Life
     KAY NORTON

Reviews:
Writing American Indian Music, Historic Transcriptions, Notations, and Arrangements by Victoria Llindsay Levine
BRENDA ROMERO

Rayner Taylor: Chamber Music, ed. John Metz and Barbara Bailey-Metz
JOANNE SWENSON-ELDRIDGE

 

Volume 11 (2001)

Guittars and Guitars: A Note on a Musical Fashion
ART SCHRADER

Formulating American Operetta in 1924: Friml's Rose-Marie and Romberg's The Student Prince
WILLIAM A. EVERETT

Songs and the Audience in Early Movie Musicals
ANTONY JOHN

Book Review:
William B. Bradbury, Esther, the Beautiful Queen, edited by Juanita Karpf

LISA M COOK

 

Volume 10 (2000)

Composer Meets Critic: Selected Excerps of the Jean Berger/Henry Pleasants Correspondence, 1962-1971

Music at the Colorado Chautauqua: A Century-Long Tradition
LAURIE J. SAMPSEL and MARCELYN H. D'AVIS

Western Themes in Contemporary Rock Music, 1970-2000: A Lyric Analysis
DAVID M. WROBEL

Music Library Landmarks in Colorado
HOWARD B. WALTZ

Brief Collection Descriptions of American Music Research Center Archives
CASSANDRA M. VOLPE

 

Volume 8/9 (1998/99)

A Dedication to William Kearns and American Music
ROBERT R. FINK

MUSA: An American Monument
WILLIAM KEARNS

The Glenn Miller Mystery: An Interview with William Suitts and Alan Cass

Music as Artifact: The Johnson County War Ballads
ARIEL A. DOWNING

Photoplay Music: A Reusable Repertory for Silent Film Scoring, 1914-1929
RODNEY SAUER

Eugen Luening, German American-Musician--The Milwaukee Germans and die heilige deutsche Kunst (Holy German Art)
ANN B. REAGAN

The Life and Career of Edward Boatner and an Invertory of the Boatner Papers at the Schomberg Center
GISELE GLOVER

Will There Be Yodeling in Heaven?
BART PLATENGA

 

Volume 7 (1997)
Special Issue: Longfellow and Music by H. Earle Johnson

Editorial Preface
THOMAS RIIS

Biographical Note and Foreword
BONNIE HEDGES

Longfellow and Music
H. EARLE JOHNSON

     Introduction
     Part I. The Musical Longfellows
     Operas Heard by Longfellow Between the Years 1825 and 1879
     Part II. The Muiscal Works Considered
     Notes
     Bibliography
     Chronological List of Works by Longfellow with Musical Settings
     Musical Compositions Based on Longfellow's Literary Works
     Alphabetical List of Musical Titles

 

Volume 6 (1996)

"Do Thyself a' no Harm": The Jubilee Singing Phenomenon and the "Only Original New Orleans University Singers"
LYNN ABBOTT

The Morris E. Dry Collection of the American Popular Music: A Personal Recollection
LEW ROBINSON

Barbra Steisand and the Theatricality of Popular Song: Vocal Technique and a Director's Eye
LINDA POHLY

B. B. King: Analysis of the Artist's Evolving Guitar Technique
JERRY RICHARDSON

Samual Babcock: A New England Psalmodist Suspended Between Tradition and Reform
LAURIE SAMSEL

 

Volume 5 (1995)
Special Issue on the Music of Native Americans

Prefeace
BRENDA POMERO

Cultural Metaphor and Music: A Syncretic Bicultural Teaching Experience in a Navajo High School
BRUCE COOK

Elements of Continuity in Kwakiutl Traditions
NANCY TESKEY and GORDON BROCK

"Metric Modulation" or Drum Tempo Contrasts in Hopi Traditional Dance
STEVE MULLINS

A Reexamination of the Peji Waci
TARA BROWNER

Zitkala-Sa (Gertrude Simmons Bonnin), 1876-1938: (Re )discovering The Sun Dance
SUSAN DOMINGUEZ

 

Volume 4 (1994)

Remembering Sister Mary Dominic Ray (1913-1994)
THOMAS RIIS

Cecil Effinger and the Musicwritier
LARRY WORSTER

The Church-Gallery Orchestra in New England
KARL KROEGER

John Hill Hewitt: Bard of the Confederacy
N. LEE ORR

The Odyssey of Kurt Weill's "Ulysses Africanus"
JAMES L. ZYCHOWICZ

 

Volume 3 (1993)

Remembering Susan Porter: 1941-1993
WILLIAM KEARNS

George Crumb in Prague and Boulder 1992: A Tale of Two Festivals
STEVEN M. BRUNS

"In stilo Mahleriano": Quotation and Allusion in the Music of George Crumb
STEVEN M. BRUNS

A Conversation with George Crumb
THOMAS L. RIIS

The Federal Music Project in Denver: 1935-1941
MARIE KROEGER

Two Colorado Sources of Spanish New Mexican Music
WICTORIA LINDSAY LEVINE

Spanish Mission Music form California: Past, Present and Future Research
JOHN KOEGEL

 

Volume 2 (1992)

Why American Music Research?
THOMAS L. RIIS

The Life and Music of Merit Woodruff: An Early American Psalmodist
KARL KROEGER

Music by Black Women Composers at the American Music Research Center
HELEN WALKER-HILL

Early Music Publishing in Denver: The Tolbert R. Ingram Company
NANCY F. CARTER

Women, Nature and Appearance: Themes in Popular Song Texts from the Turn of the Century
DENNIS LORANGER

Performing Anglo-American Opera: Why and How?
SUSAN PORTER

The American Music Research Center: Some Vignettes From The Early Dominican College Years
SISTER MAY DOMINIC RAY

 

Volume 1 (1991)

Erich Katz: the Pied Piper Comes To America
CONSTANCE PRIMUS

The "Mythtory" of Stephen C. Foster or Why His True Story Remains Untold
DEANE ROOT

Samuel Felsted of Jamaica
THURSTON DOX

Symposium: "Why American Music?"
WILLIAM KEARNS

     The Hutchingson Family: An American Tradition in Ninetiinth-Century
     Popular Music, Linda Davenport
     American Folk-Song Scholarship at the Turn of the Twentieth Century
     and its Effect on Defining an American Music, Larry Worster
     The Amrican Wave of the 1930's, Kay Norton
     American Music Since World War II: Music as a Commodity, Daniel Jones
     "Darkest America": Some Remarks on Personal and National Identity, Dennis Loranger

Billings at Boulder: Doctoral Seminar Explores His Music
KARL KROEGER

AMRC Collections Enhance Course Offerings
JOANNE SWENSON ELDRIDGE

A Survey of the AMRC's Hillbilly Record Collection
MELODY J. PERKINS

The Normand Lockwood Archive and An Overview of His Career
KAY NORTON