The Poets of Tin Pan Alley

The Poets of Tin Pan Alley

Author: Philip Furia

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198022883

Category: Music

Page: 336

View: 405

Download Now
From the turn of the century to the 1960s, the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley dominated American music. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart--even today these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the bedrock of jazz and cabaret. In The Poets of Tin Pan Alley Philip Furia offers a unique new perspective on these great songwriters, showing how their poetic lyrics were as important as their brilliant music in shaping a golden age of American popular song. Furia writes with great perception and understanding as he explores the deft rhymes, inventive imagery, and witty solutions these songwriters used to breathe new life into rigidly established genres. He devotes full chapters to all the greats, including Irving Berlin, Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Cole Porter, Oscar Hammerstain II, Howard Dietz, E.Y. Harburg, Dorothy Fields, Leo Robin, and Johnny Mercer. Furia also offers a comprehensive survey of other lyricists who wrote for the sheet-music industry, Broadway, Hollywood, and Harlem nightclub revues. This was the era that produced The New Yorker, Don Marquis, Dorothy Parker, and E.B. White--and Furia places the lyrics firmly in this fascinating historical context. In these pages, the lyrics emerge as an important element of American modernism, as the lyricists, like the great modernist poets, took the American vernacular and made it sing.
The Poets of Tin Pan Alley
Language: en
Pages: 336
Authors: Philip Furia
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 1992-06-25 - Publisher: Oxford University Press

From the turn of the century to the 1960s, the songwriters of Tin Pan Alley dominated American music. Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George and Ira Gershwin, Rodgers and Hart--even today these giants remain household names, their musicals regularly revived, their methods and styles analyzed and imitated, and their songs the
Tin Pan Alley
Language: en
Pages: 158
Authors: John Shepherd
Categories: Music
Type: BOOK - Published: 2016-04-14 - Publisher: Routledge

In Tin Pan Alley we see the beginnings of the pop world as we now know it: commercial, constantly capturing, exploiting or even occasionally creating a public mood. The Alleymen were workers as much as artists. This book, first published in 1982, explores how the change occurred, the ways in
Tin Pan Alley
Language: en
Pages: 384
Authors: David A. Jasen
Categories: Reference
Type: BOOK - Published: 2004-06-01 - Publisher: Routledge

For nearly a century, New York's famous "Tin Pan Alley" was the center of popular music publishing in this country. It was where songwriting became a profession, and songs were made-to-order for the biggest stars. Selling popular music to a mass audience from coast-to-coast involved the greatest entertainment media of
Tin Pan Alley
Language: en
Pages: 214
Authors: Keith Hayward
Categories: Biography & Autobiography
Type: BOOK - Published: 2013 - Publisher: Soundcheck Books

With first-hand accounts from the people who knew him best, this book details Sir Elton's formative years: from training as a classical pianist at the Royal Academy of Music; his time as a jobbing songwriter in London's Tin Pan Alley; performing his first live gigs; and his eventual rise to
Mel Bay Presents Treasures of Tin Pan Alley
Language: en
Pages: 174
Authors: Ian Whitcomb, Ronny S. Schiff
Categories: Popular music
Type: BOOK - Published: 1995 - Publisher: Mel Bay Publications

Books about Mel Bay Presents Treasures of Tin Pan Alley