American Popular Song

American Popular Song : The Great Innovators 1900-1950

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This is the definitive work on the great songwriters who dominated the classical era of American popular music. Uniquely analytical yet engagingly informal, the book draws on over 700 musical examples to demonstrate the melodic, harmonic, and rhythmic qualities that distinguish American popular music and transformed it into an authentic art form. Tracing its roots to 1890s ragtime, Wilder shows how the American style was incorporated into mainstream popular music and developed into the brilliantly inventive, and often musically subtle, crowd-pleasers of Kern, Berlin, Porter, Gershwin, and more

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  • Hardback | 576 pages
  • 162.56 x 223.52 x 45.72mm | 1,065.94g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • music examples throughout
  • 0195014456
  • 9780195014457
  • 95,624

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'The first serious and most valuable study of American popular music, the blood and bone of so much glorious jazz. The book is provocative, informative, opinionated, never dull.' -Down Beatshow more

About Alec Wilder

Alec Wilder: deceased. Composer of songs, chamber music, and film more

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'American Popular Song-The Great Innovators 1900-1950 by Alec Wilder, recently republished by Oxford University Press (Price #17.50 and worth every penny)' National Youth Jazz Orchestra, Spring/Summer 1993 A bible for all song-freaks, it includes a long chapter on Rodgers that backs up enthusiasm with analysis. * BBC Music Magazine, December 1999 *show more

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