Vernacular music

Vernacular music is ordinary, everyday music such as popular and folk music. It is defined partly in terms of its accessibility, standing in contrast to art music.[1] Vernacular music may overlap with non-vernacular, particular in the context of musical commerce, and is often informed by the developments of non-vernacular traditions.[2]

The sales of phonograph records played a dominant role in spreading a cultural taste for popular and vernacular music styles.[3]

See also


  1. Jochen Eisentraut (2013). The Accessibility of Music: Participation, Reception, and Contact. Cambridge University Press. pp. 177, 196–197. ISBN 978-1-107-02483-0.
  2. Krummel, Donald William (1987). Bibliographical Handbook of American Music. University of Illinois Press. p. 113. ISBN 978-0-252-01450-5.
  3. Kenney, William Howland (2003). Recorded Music in American Life: The Phonograph and Popular Memory, 1890-1945. Oxford University Press. p. 11. ISBN 978-0-19-517177-8.
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