Listening to Classic American Popular Songs

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Yale University Press, 2001 - Music - 219 pages
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In the twenties, thirties, and forties, now-legendary American songwriters and lyricists created a repertoire of popular songs, songs that have captured the hearts of generations of music lovers. George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Harold Arlen, Hoagy Carmichael and many others, along with such lyricists as Ira Gershwin, Lorenz Hart, and Dorothy Fields, produced extraordinary songs of signal importance to the American musical heritage. In this book Allen Forte shares his love of American popular song. He discusses in detail twenty-three songs, ranging from Gershwin's "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924) to Irving Berlin's "Steppin' Out with My Baby" (1947), guiding readers and listeners toward a deeper appreciation of this vital and engaging music. Forte writes for the general reader, assuming no background other than a familiarity with basic music notation. Each song is discussed individually and includes complete lyrics and simple leadsheet notation. Forte discusses the songs' distinctive musical features and their sophisticated, often touching and witty lyrics. Readers can follow the music while they listen to the accompanying compact disc, which was specially recorded for this volume by baritone Richard Lalli and pianist-arranger Gary Chapman, with Allen Forte, pianist-arranger for "Embraceable You" and "Come Rain or Come Shine."
 

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Contents

CHAPTER PRELIMINARIES
1
CHAPTER 2SONCS FROM THE TWENTIES
28
Autumn In New York 1934
88
Ive Got You Under My Skin 1936
95
Let Yourself Go 1936
103
The Way You Look Tonight 1936
109
Jerome Kem Dorothy Fields CD Track 12
115
Hoagy Carmichael 6 Necf Washington CD Track 13
126
CHAPTER 4SONCS FROM THE FORTIES
143
How Little We Know 1944
161
Hoagy Carmichael Johnny Mercer CD Track 18
168
Harold Arlen 6 Johnny Mercer CD Track 19
174
CHAPTERSCONCLUSION
184
I Guess Ill Have To Change My Plan 1929 59
190
Glossary of Terms
199
Music Credits
217

Richard Rodgers Lorenz Hart CD Track 14
134

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About the author (2001)

Forte is Battell Professor of the Theory of Music at Yale University.

Relationship counselor, pastor, and author Gary Chapman graduated from Moody Bible Institute, received a B.A. and M.A. in Anthropology from Wheaton College and Wake Forest University respectively, completed graduate work in education at Duke University and the University of North Carolina, and earned his Ph.D. in Adult Education and Master's of Religious Education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary. Chapman has discussed his five love language theory in numerous books and video programs, and he has also written many works of guidance on the topics of marriage, parenting, and in-law relationships. The director of Marriage and Family Life Consultants, Inc., Chapman has also been the senior associate pastor at Winston-Salem, North Carolina's Calvary Baptist Church since 1971. He has spoken internationally and domestically on relationships and received the Platinum Book Award from the Evangelical Publishers Association for The Five Love Languages. He also made The New York Times Best Seller List with The Five Love Languages of Children in 2015.

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