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American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

ISBN 9780195014457
REGISTERED: 11/05/17
UPDATED: 09/25/21
American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950
When Alec Wilder''s American Popular Song first appeared, it was almost universally hailed--from The New York Times to The New Yorker to Down Beat--as the definitive account of the classic era of American popular music

  • American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950 available on September 25 2021 from Indigo for 82.5
  • ISBN bar code 9780195014457 ξ2 registered July 22 2015
  • ISBN bar code 9780195014457 ξ1 registered August 16 2012
  • Product category is Book

  • # 978019501445

It has since become the standard work of the great songwriters who dominated popular music in the United States for half a century. Now Wilder''s classic is available again, with a new introduction by Gene Lees. Uniquely analytical yet engagingly informal, American Popular Song focuses on the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic qualities that distinguish American popular music and have made it an authentic art form. Wilder traces the roots of the American style to the ragtime music of the 1890s, shows how it was incorporated into mainstream popular music after 1900, and then surveys the careers of every major songwriter from World War 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 sensitive analyses of the most distinctive, creative, and original songs of this period reveal unexpected beauties in songs long forgotten and delightful subtleties in many familiar standards. The result is a definitive treatment of a strangely unsung and uniquely American art.

    ^ (1990). 9780195014457, Oxford University Press. (revised Jan 2014)
    ^ American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950 Indigo. (revised Sep 2021)

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