This three-volume history of music in America covers the sweep from Puritan psalms to the hits of the '70s. It is written from the historian's viewpoint rather than that of the musicologist and views
music in America against the backdrop of a changing society. The work deals not only with music written in America, but also with the reception of the European classics in the concert halls and opera houses of the
United States. The story is presented in lively, human fashion, as free of technical analysis as possible, but the set will also serve as a comprehensive reference work.