United States Music Map
Dorothea Dix Lawrence, c. 1945
Pictorial Music Map
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Dorothea Dix Lawrence (1899-1979) (after)
Folklore Music Map of The United States - The Primer of American Music
Hagstrom Company, Inc., New York: c. 1945
Color process print
22 x 29 inches, image
23.5 x 31 inches, overall
$550

Large United States map showing folk music of the country, within musical theme borders. Throughout the states, various regional songs are depicted pictorially with the title of the song, a line of musical notes, and corresponding image illustrating the song. Illustrations include a Native American with a bow and arrow depict the "Hunting Song" in New Mexico, and with a man holding a fish for the "Fisherman's Song" on the Columbia River. The border features an assortment of instruments, including the Lyre, Zither, Guitar, Mandolin, Indian Water Drum, Banjo, Bull Fiddle, and many others. Seven Zuni Indian symbols and colors representing the notes of the musical scale also appear in the upper border. The map's musical classifications range from Ballads, Sea Shanties and Sagas to Fishermen's, Lumberman's and Pioneer Songs. A table of explanations is provided to identify these musical classifications as well as the border illustrations. Bayou ballads, Creole folk songs, early California music, songs of the open range, Louisiana folk music, folk hymns, African American spirituals, and songs for children are included.

Dorothea Dix Lawrence was a successful opera singer (a soprano) in the 1930s and 1940s, and then became a leading champion and scholar of American folk music. She gave hundreds of lecture-recitals across the United States and Europe. In these recitals, she sang American Indian songs in their original language as well as art songs by established composers. In 1945, she produced the "Folklore Music Map of the United States," which was widely distributed in American schools. She later published her songs in the book Folklore Songs of the United States. She gave "Musically Mapping America" talks throughout the United States and Mexico until her retirement in 1970. Her papers are in the Dorothea Dix Lawrence Collection at the Library of Congress.

Condition: Generally very good with only minor light overall toning wear and soft creases.

References:

"Eastman lecture spotlights folklorist." University of Rochester. 24 July 2000. http://www.rochester.edu/eastman/html/recentnews/dorothea_dix.html (12 February 2003).