By Alec Wilder,James T. Maher,Gene Lees
Uniquely analytical but engagingly casual, American well known Song makes a speciality of the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic characteristics that distinguish American well known tune and feature made it an real artwork shape. Wilder strains the roots of the yank variety to the ragtime tune of the Nineties, indicates the way it was once integrated into mainstream well known track 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 precise, inventive, and unique songs of this era display unforeseen beauties in songs lengthy forgotten and pleasant subtleties in lots of commonly used criteria. the result's a definitive therapy of a surprisingly unsung and uniquely American art.
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