By Alec Wilder,James T. Maher,Gene Lees
Uniquely analytical but engagingly casual, American well known Song specializes in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic features that distinguish American well known tune and feature made it an real paintings shape. Wilder lines the roots of the yankee sort to the ragtime track of the Nineties, exhibits the way it was once included into mainstream well known tune after 1900, after which surveys the careers of each significant songwriter from global conflict 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 special, artistic, and unique songs of this era display unforeseen beauties in songs lengthy forgotten and pleasant subtleties in lots of everyday criteria. the result's a definitive therapy of a surprisingly unsung and uniquely American art.
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