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date: 18 August 2019

Tawa, Nicholas E(dward)locked

  • Denise Von Glahn


(b Boston, MA, Oct 22, 1923; d Boston, Oct 4, 2011). American music scholar, composer, and teacher. Tawa attended Harvard University (BA 1945, PhD 1974). Beginning in 1965, he taught courses on music history and research at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. As an early champion of American music, Tawa co-founded the Sonneck Society for American Music (now Society for American Music) in 1975 and was its first vice-president. He edited the society’s first newsletter and was instrumental in promoting the inclusive approach to American music studies. Tawa published 15 books and numerous articles on the American popular music tradition including Sweet Songs for Gentle Americans: The Parlor Song in America, 1790–1860 (Bowling Green, OH, 1980), A Music for the Millions: Antebellum Democratic Attitudes and the Birth of American Popular Music (Hillsdale, NY, 1984), The Way to Tin Pan Alley (New York, 1990), Arthur Foote: A Musician in the Frame of Time and Place...

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