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National Identity in “That Opera Rag”

Larry Hamberlin

in Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195338928
eISBN:
9780199855865
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Opera, Popular

This chapter and the next examine novelty songs that use both opera and ragtime to express tensions between highbrow and lowbrow culture, racializing them as tensions between white and black America. ... More


Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Jeffrey Magee

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

“The mob is always right” was the idea that charged Irving Berlin’s career in American popular music. Taking off from that claim, this book represents a wide-ranging exploration of America’s greatest ... More


As the Storm Clouds Gather: Origin Myths and Hidden Battles

Sheryl Kaskowitz

in God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199919772
eISBN:
9780199345595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The song’s story begins during World War I, when Irving Berlin first sketched “God Bless America” for use in the all-soldier musical revue Yip Yip Yaphank, then leaps forward to 1938, when Kate Smith ... More


Irving Berlin: Born: May 11, 1888, Mohilev, Russia Born: May 11, 1888, Mohilev, Russia Died: September 22, 1989, New York, New York

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of Irving Berlin. It begins with a commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Berlin’s family came to America from ... More


Broadway Babies

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

Partly in imitation of the successful Broadway Melody format, backstage musicals became the most popular type of early musical. While Warner Bros.' Gold Diggers of Broadway was a huge success, others ... More


Grateful That We’re Far from There: Irving Berlin, Kate Smith, and the Forging of an Interventionist Anthem

Sheryl Kaskowitz

in God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199919772
eISBN:
9780199345595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Chapter 2 turns to the early compositional and interpretive decisions by Irving Berlin and Kate Smith that shaped the song into the anthem we know today. The changes that Berlin made in 1938 served ... More


Land That I Love: Early Embrace, Critique, and Backlash

Sheryl Kaskowitz

in God Bless America: The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199919772
eISBN:
9780199345595
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199919772.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Chapter 3 highlights the early reception of “God Bless America” during the period leading up to the United States’ entry into World War II, considering how the song’s popularity was a response to the ... More


Irving Berlin: “Poem” (1938)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0074
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the poem written by George Gershwin's mentor composer and lyricist Irving Berlin on the occasion of the memorial services after Gershwin's death.


George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Howard Pollack

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This biography of George Gershwin (1898–1937) unravels the myths surrounding one of America's most celebrated composers and establishes the enduring value of his music. Gershwin created some of the ... More


Treemonisha, 1910–1911

Edward A. Berlin

in King of Ragtime: Scott Joplin and His Era

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195101089
eISBN:
9780199853120
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195101089.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

The formation of the Clef Club was the most important event in 1910 for New York's black musicians headed by James Reese Europe. In 1911, Scott Joplin published the piano-vocal score of his opera ... More


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