By Alec Wilder,James T. Maher,Gene Lees
Uniquely analytical but engagingly casual, American renowned Song specializes in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic traits that distinguish American renowned track and feature made it an genuine paintings shape. Wilder strains the roots of the yankee sort to the ragtime tune of the Eighteen Nineties, exhibits the way it was once integrated into mainstream renowned song after 1900, after which surveys the careers of each significant songwriter from international struggle I to 1950. Wilder devotes desparate chapters to such greats as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, and Harold Arlen. Illustrated with over seven-hundred musical examples, Wilder's delicate analyses of the main designated, inventive, and unique songs of this era demonstrate unforeseen beauties in songs lengthy forgotten and pleasant subtleties in lots of regularly occurring criteria. the result's a definitive therapy of a unusually unsung and uniquely American art.
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