By Alec Wilder,James T. Maher,Gene Lees

while Alec Wilder's American well known Song first seemed, it used to be nearly universally hailed--from The manhattan Times to The New Yorker to Down Beat--as the definitive account of the vintage period of yank renowned track. It has in view that develop into the normal paintings of the good songwriters who ruled renowned track within the usa for part a century. Now Wilder's vintage is accessible back, with a brand new advent by way of Gene Lees.
Uniquely analytical but engagingly casual, American well known Song specializes in the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic traits that distinguish American well known track and feature made it an real artwork shape. Wilder lines the roots of the yank type to the ragtime track of the Nineties, indicates the way it was once included into mainstream renowned tune after 1900, after which surveys the careers of each significant songwriter from global warfare 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 700 musical examples, Wilder's delicate analyses of the main specified, artistic, and unique songs of this era demonstrate unforeseen beauties in songs lengthy forgotten and pleasant subtleties in lots of prevalent criteria. the result's a definitive remedy of a surprisingly unsung and uniquely American art.

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