American Popular Song: The Great Innovators, 1900-1950

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Oxford University Press, 1975 - Fiction - 536 pages
...a notable and overdue contribution to our evaluation of Western music in the twentieth century.' The Times Literary Supplement .

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Started reading this all through, but fell off...great stuff, and he is a character for sure, will certainly be returning to this for reference. Read full review


The Great Craftsmen
1920 to 1950
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Alec Wilder was an American composer who wrote both serious and popular music. He composed short operas and chamber music, including the Suite for String Orchestra. He composed and arranged band music for Benny Goodman and Jimmy Dorsey, among others. His songs were performed by such singers as Frank Sinatra and Judy Garland and include "It's So Peaceful in the Country" and "The Lady Sings the Blues." He also composed film scores and children's songs.

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