By Alec Wilder,James T. Maher,Gene Lees
Uniquely analytical but engagingly casual, American well known Song specializes in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic characteristics that distinguish American renowned track and feature made it an real artwork shape. Wilder lines the roots of the yank sort to the ragtime tune of the Nineties, indicates the way it was once included into mainstream well known track after 1900, after which surveys the careers of each significant songwriter from global battle 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 targeted, inventive, and unique songs of this era exhibit 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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