Preachin' the Blues is the story of Eddie James "Son" House Jr., preacher, sharecropper, convicted killer and blues great. Tracing Son's life from his youth in the Mississippi Delta, to his preaching career, and on to his sudden transformation into a bluesman, Beaumont sheds new light on his years of obscurity and his surprising comeback in the 1960s.
Building on ideas first advanced by Arnold Schoenberg and later developed by Erwin Ratz, this book introduces a new theory of form for instrumental music in the classical style. The theory provides a broad set of principles and a comprehensive methodology for the analysis of classical form, from individual ideas, phrases, and themes to the large-scale organization of complete movements. It emphasizes the notion of formal function, that is, the specific role a given formal unit plays in the structural organization of a classical work.