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Singing a Song: The Culture and Conventions of Popular Music in the 1920s

Katherine Spring

in Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199842216
eISBN:
9780199369584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842216.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Chapter 1 describes the culture and conventions of mainstream American popular music of the 1920s, a decade during which publishers along the Alley generated song hits through the distribution and ... More


Plugging a Song: The Discrete Charm of the Popular Song, from Broadway to Hollywood

Katherine Spring

in Saying It With Songs: Popular Music and the Coming of Sound to Hollywood Cinema

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199842216
eISBN:
9780199369584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199842216.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Chapter 3 shows how Hollywood's earliest sound films adapted conventions of the musical stage in order to privilege the discrete presentation of songs over norms of narrative coherence. Through the ... More


Literary Divas: Trilby, Christine, and the Phantom of Phonography

Jennifer Fleeger

in Mismatched Women: The Siren's Song Through the Machine

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199936892
eISBN:
9780199389971
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199936892.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

The musical heroines of George du Maurier’s 1894 Trilby and Gaston Leroux’s 1911 Phantom of the Opera do not make sound recordings, yet the promise of phonography’s cultural value haunts both novels. ... More


The Mastodon of Musical Extravaganza: Song, Dance, and Scenic Effects

Jonas Westover

in The Shuberts and Their Passing Shows: The Untold Tale of Ziegfeld's Rivals

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
November 2016
ISBN:
9780190219239
eISBN:
9780190219260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190219239.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, American

This chapter covers three areas largely ignored by scholars concerning revues: music, dance styles, and scenic effects. The role of the music coordinator and lead composer for each Passing Show (a ... More


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