Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Music in the Age of AnxietyAmerican Music in the Fifties$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

James Wierzbicki

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780252040078

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM ILLINOIS SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.illinois.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Illinois University Press, 2020. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in ISO for personal use.date: 27 January 2020

The Pop Music Mainstream

The Pop Music Mainstream

Chapter:
(p.11) 1 The Pop Music Mainstream
Source:
Music in the Age of Anxiety
Author(s):

James Wierzbicki

Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040078.003.0002

This chapter examines the two most successful commodities in the field of popular music in 1950: “The Tennessee Waltz” and “Goodnight, Irene”—both of which are composed in 3/4 time. In terms of meter alone, these two extraordinarily successful songs stand as much in contrast to the rock 'n' roll music that captured the attention of American teenagers later in the decade as to the swing music that appealed to Americans of diverse age groups in the years leading up to and including World War II. But meter is not the main thing that distinguishes “The Tennessee Waltz,” and “Goodnight, Irene.” Rather than meter, or tempo, or even rhythm, what most distinguishes these songs from earlier and later efforts is their treatment of rhythm.

Keywords:   1950s popular music, The Tennessee Waltz, Goodnight, Irene, 3/4 time, rock 'n' roll, swing music, American teenagers, tempo, rhythm

Illinois Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.