Love Songs: The Hidden History

ISBN : 9780190865993

Ted Gioia
336 Pages
156 x 235 mm
Pub date
Jun 2018
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For thousands of years, love songs have pervaded our musical lives. But no one has told their full story until now. Ted Gioia surveys the conflicts and controversies, and traces the surprising path by which the love song has triumphed over all obstacles, emerging as a dominant commercial and cultural force.


Chapter 1: The Biology of the Love Song
Chapter 2: Procreative Music
Chapter 3: Sappho and Confucius
Chapter 4: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Love Song
Chapter 5: The Thousand Year Repression
Chapter 6: The Middle East -- North African Connection
Chapter 7: The Troubadours
Chapter 8: The Triumph of the Love Song
Chapter 9: A Love Supreme
Chapter 10: Profane Love
Chapter 11: Love at the Opera
Chapter 12: Folk Ballads
Chapter 13: Love and the Rise of the Music Business
Chapter 14: Love Songs in Modern Times

About the author: 

Ted Gioia is a music historian and the author of nine books, including The History of Jazz and Delta Blues, both selected as notable books of the year in The New York Times. Love Songs continues his pioneering research into the music of everday life, previously featured in Work Songs and Healing Songs, both winners of the ASCAP Deems Taylor Award.

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