Limit search to available items
Book Cover
E-book
Author Hamm, Charles.

Title Irving Berlin : songs from the melting pot : the formative years, 1907-1914 / Charles Hamm
Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1997
Online access available from:
EBSCO eBook Academic Collection    View Resource Record  

Copies

Description 1 online resource (xii, 292 pages) : illustrations
Summary Irving Berlin remains a central figure in American music, a lyricist/composer whose songs are loved all over the world. His first piece, 'Marie from Sunny Italy', was written in 1907, and his 'Alexander's Ragtime Band' attracted more public and media attention than any other song of its decade. In later years Berlin wrote such classics as 'God Bless America', 'Blue Skies', 'Always', 'Cheek to Cheek', and the holiday favourites 'White Christmas' and 'Easter Parade'. Jerome Kern, his fellow songwriter, commented that 'Irving Berlin is American music.' In Irving Berlin: The Formative Years, Charles Hamm traces the early years of this most famous and distinctive American songwriter. Beginning with Berlin's immigrant roots - he came to New York in 1893 from Russia - Hamm shows how the young Berlin quickly revealed the talent for music and lyrics that was to mark his entire career. Berlin first wrote for the vaudeville stage, turning out songs that drew on the various ethnic cultures of the city. These pieces, with their Jewish, Italian, German, Irish, and Black protagonists singing in appropriate dialects, reflected the urban mix of New York's melting pot. Berlin drew on various musical; Early in his career, Irving Berlin brilliantly exploited the musical trends and influences of the day. Hamm shows how Berlin emerged from the vital and complex social and cultural scene of New York to begin his rise as America's foremost songwriter
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 273-286), discography (pages 241-272) and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Berlin, Irving, 1888-1989.
Composers -- United States -- Biography.
Genre/Form Biography.
Biographies.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 96006335
ISBN 0195071883
1280441224
1423737504 (electronic bk.)
9780195071887
9781280441226
9781423737506 (electronic bk.)