The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950


Author: Allen Forte,Mr Allen Forte
Publisher: Princeton University Press
ISBN: 9780691043999
Category: Music
Page: 366
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In this pathbreaking book, Allen Forte uses modern analytical procedures to explore the large repertoire of beautiful love songs written during the heyday of American musical theater, the Big Bands, and Tin Pan Alley. Covering the work of such songwriters as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Harold Arlen, he seeks to illuminate this extraordinary music indigenous to America by revealing its deeper organizational characteristics. In so doing, he aims to establish it as a unique corpus of music that deserves more intensive study and appreciation by scholars and connoisseurs in the broader fields of American popular music and jazz. Expressing much of the traditional tonality associated with European music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the love songs of the Golden Age are shown to draw on a rich variety of elements--popular harmony, idiomatic lyric-writing, and Afro-American dance rhythms. His analyses of such songs as "Embraceable You" or "Yesterdays" in particular exemplify his ability to convey the sublime, unpretentious simplicity of this great music.

The Cambridge History of American Music


Author: David Nicholls
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521454292
Category: Music
Page: 637
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A definitive history of music in the United States, written by a team of scholars and first published in 1998.

Saying It With Songs

Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema
Author: Katherine Spring
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199842221
Category: Music
Page: 229
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Saying It With Songs is a groundbreaking study of the ways in which Hollywood's conversion to synchronized-sound filmmaking in the late 1920s gave rise not only to enduring partnerships between the film and popular music industries, but also to a rich and exciting period of song use in American cinema.

The Cambridge Companion to the Musical


Author: William A. Everett,Paul R. Laird
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107495229
Category: Music
Page: 428
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Tracing the development of the musical on both Broadway and in London's West End, this updated Companion continues to provide a broad and thorough overview of one of the liveliest and most popular forms of musical performance. Ordered chronologically, essays cover from the American musical of the nineteenth century through to the most recent productions, and the book also includes key information on singers, audience, critical reception, and traditions. All of the chapters from the first edition remain – several in substantially updated forms – and five completely new chapters have been added, covering: ethnic musicals in the United States; the European musical; Broadway musicals in revival and on television; the most recent shows; and a case study of the creation of the popular show Wicked based on interviews with its creators. The Companion also includes an extensive bibliography and photographs from key productions.

How Sondheim Found His Sound


Author: Steve Swayne
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
ISBN: 9780472032297
Category: Music
Page: 315
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“Steve Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound is a fascinating treatment and remarkable analysis of America’s greatest playwright in song. His marvelous text goes a long way toward placing Stephen Sondheim among the towering artists of the late twentieth century!” —Cornel West, Princeton University “Sondheim’s career and music have never been so skillfully dissected, examined, and put in context. With its focus on his work as composer, this book is surprising and welcome.” —Theodore S. Chapin, President and Executive Director, The Rodgers and Hammerstein Organization “. . . an intriguing ‘biography’ of the songwriter’s style. . . . Swayne is to be congratulated for taking the study of this unique composer/lyricist into hitherto unnavigated waters.” —Stage Directions “The research is voluminous, as are the artistry and perceptiveness. Swayne has lived richly within the world of Sondheim’s music.” —Richard Crawford, author of America’s Musical Life: A History “Amid the ever-more-crowded bookshelf of writings on Sondheim, Swayne’s analysis of Sondheim’s development as a composer stands up as a unique and worthy study. . . . For the Sondheim aficionados, there are new ideas and new information, and for others, Swayne’s How Sondheim Found His Sound will provide an intriguing introduction into the mind of arguably the greatest and most influential living Broadway composer.” —talkinbroadway.com “What a fascinating book, full of insights large and small. An impressive analysis and summary of Sondheim’s many sources of inspiration. All fans of the composer and lovers of Broadway in general will treasure and frequently refer to Swayne’s work.” —Tom Riis, Joseph Negler Professor of Musicology and Director of the American Music Research Center, University of Colorado Stephen Sondheim has made it clear that he considers himself a “playwright in song.” How he arrived at this unique appellation is the subject of How Sondheim Found His Sound—an absorbing study of the multitudinous influences on Sondheim’s work. Taking Sondheim’s own comments and music as a starting point, author Steve Swayne offers a biography of the artist’s style, pulling aside the curtain on Sondheim’s creative universe to reveal the many influences—from classical music to theater to film—that have established Sondheim as one of the greatest dramatic composers of the twentieth century.

Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater


Author: Jeffrey Magee
Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0199911630
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 408
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From patriotic "God Bless America" to wistful "White Christmas," Irving Berlin's songs have long accompanied Americans as they fall in love, go to war, and come home for the holidays. Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater is the first book to fully consider this songwriter's immeasurable influence on the American stage. Award-winning music historian Jeffrey Magee chronicles Berlin's legendary theatrical career, providing a rich background to some of the great composer's most enduring songs, from "There's No Business Like Show Business" to "Puttin' on the Ritz." Magee shows how Berlin's early experience singing for pennies made an impression on the young man, who kept hold of that sensibility throughout his career and transformed it into one of the defining attributes of Broadway shows. Magee also looks at darker aspects of Berlin's life, examining the anti-Semitism that Berlin faced and his struggle with depression. Informative, provocative, and full of colorful details, this book will delight song and theater aficionados alike as well as anyone interested in the story of a man whose life and work expressed so well the American dream.

Jazz Theory

From Basic to Advanced Study
Author: Dariusz Terefenko
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1135043000
Category: Music
Page: 490
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Jazz Theory: From Basic to Advanced Study is a comprehensive textbook ideal for Jazz Theory courses or as a self-study guide for amateur and professional musicians. Written with the goal of bridging theory and practice, it provides a strong theoretical foundation beginning with music fundamentals through post-tonal theory, while integrating ear training, keyboard skills, and improvisation. It includes a DVD with 46 Play Along audio tracks and a companion website, which hosts the workbook, ear training exercises, and audio tracks of the musical examples featured in the book.

The Sonneck Society Bulletin


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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American Song Lyricists, 1920-1960


Author: Philip Furia
Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 574
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Essays on the major American song lyricists who wrote for the Broadway theater, the Hollywood motion-picture musicals, and the sheet music and recording industry collectively known as Tin Pan Alley. The period surveyed is generally regarded as the golden age of American songwriting. Provides historical information on Broadway, movie musicals, "original cast" LP albums, and the movement toward integration of song and plot in the stage and screen musical.

The Development of Song Forms in the Broadway and Hollywood Musicals of Richard Rodgers, 1919-1943


Author: Graham Wood
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category:
Page: 544
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Rock Music in American Popular Culture

Rock 'n' Roll Resources
Author: B. Lee Cooper,Wayne S. Haney
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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Lest we forget

a chronological historical survey of some of the most notable songs of the first half of the 20th century
Author: William Emmett Studwell
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music
Page: 99
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Journal of Music Theory


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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Schwann Spectrum

Winter 1996-1997
Author: Schwann Publications,Schwann Publications Staff
Publisher: Schwann Publications
ISBN: 9781575980386
Category:
Page: N.A
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Choice

Publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a Division of the American Library Association
Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Academic libraries
Page: N.A
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The Best Books for Academic Libraries: Music & fine arts


Author: N.A
Publisher: Best Books
ISBN: 9780722200193
Category: Reference
Page: 427
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Books recommended for undergraduate and college libraries listed by Library of Congress Classification Numbers.

They Also Wrote

Evaluative Essays on Lesser-known Popular American Songwriters Prior to the Rock Era
Author: William Emmett Studwell
Publisher: Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press
ISBN: N.A
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 421
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"This book contains the biographies of songwriters, but not just any songwriters. Everyone profiled in this book is either not primarily known for writing music or is, in the author's estimation, underappreciated or not well known. The biographies are arranged alphabetically within three separate sections: famous people not known as songwriters, underappreciated songwriters, and obscure songwriters. Each entry not only profiles the person's life but also lists his or her most famous songs and then points the reader to other related biographies. Finally, indexes of people and songs provide even more usability. All in all, this is a wonderful resource - for serious music enthusiasts, music historians, and casual music fans alike."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Schwann Spectrum


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Audiotapes
Page: N.A
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The American Music Teacher


Author: N.A
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: N.A
Category: Music
Page: N.A
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