Chapter 11
Tin Pan Alley and Beyond: The Great American Songbook
In This Chapter
• Understanding the classic American popular song
• Discovering the composers of the Great American Songbook—Berlin, Gershwin, and more
• Remembering the singers of the classic popular song
• Learning about the evolution of the Broadway musical
The history of American popular music is the history of the popular song. And there is no greater era for the popular song than that period from 1900 to 1950, when giants like Berlin, Porter, and Gershwin strode the earth.
Some 300,000 compositions were copyrighted during this period, and the best of them comprise what aficionados call the “Great American Songbook”— perhaps the best-crafted works of music you’ll ever listen ...

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