The American Popular Ballad of the Golden Era, 1924-1950
In this pathbreaking book, Allen Forte uses modern analytical procedures to explore the large repertoire of beautiful love songs written during the heyday of American musical theater, the Big Bands, and Tin Pan Alley. Covering the work of such songwriters as Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Richard Rodgers, and Harold Arlen, he seeks to illuminate this extraordinary music indigenous to America by revealing its deeper organizational characteristics. In so doing, he aims to establish it as a unique corpus of music that deserves more intensive study and appreciation by scholars and connoisseurs in the broader fields of American popular music and jazz.
Expressing much of the traditional tonality associated with European music in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, the love songs of the Golden Age are shown to draw on a rich variety of elements--popular harmony, idiomatic lyric-writing, and Afro-American dance rhythms. His analyses of such songs as "Embraceable You" or "Yesterdays" in particular exemplify his ability to convey the sublime, unpretentious simplicity of this great music.
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The Harmonic Language of the Popular Ballad
Rhythmic Features of the Popular Ballad
Melodic Design Descriptive Categories
The Lyric Its Qualities and Melodic Roles
Form Nomenclature and Templates
The LargeScale View A Primer
Ballads of Jerome Kern
Ballads of Richard Rodgers
Ballads of Harold Arlen
Ballads of Richard Whiting Walter Donaldson Harry Warren Jimmy McHugh Vincent Youmans Duke Ellington and Kurt Weill
Ballads of Hoagy Carmichael Arthur Schwartz Vernon Duke John Green Burton Lane and Jimmy Van Heusen
Ballads of Kay Swift Bernice Petkere Ann Ronell Dana Suesse and Ruth Lowe