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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


Four. A Flash in Tin Pan Alley

Steve Swayne

in Orpheus in Manhattan: William Schuman and the Shaping of America's Musical Life

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
May 2011
ISBN:
9780195388527
eISBN:
9780199894345
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195388527.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American, History, Western

This chapter traces the end of Schuman's high school career, his ill-fated studies at New York University's School of Commerce, and his discovery of classical music at Carnegie Hall in 1930. From the ... More


The Golden Era: Quartets in Show Business and the Music Industry

Gage Averill

in Four Parts, No Waiting: A Social History of American Barbershop Harmony

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195116724
eISBN:
9780199849550
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195116724.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Ethnomusicology, World Music

The year 1890 was significant for American history not only because this year marks the “Gay Nineties” wherein the country established itself as a global superpower through industrialization, but ... More


Loony Tunes, Schmaltzy Melodies

Gary A. Rosen

in Unfair to Genius: The Strange and Litigious Career of Ira B. Arnstein

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199733484
eISBN:
9780190259891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733484.003.0001
Subject:
Law, Intellectual Property, IT, and Media Law

This chapter uses the example of Tin Pan Alley to illustrate how the vicissitudes of the music business closely tracked the development of copyright law, sometimes following changes in the law, and ... More


Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era

Larry Hamberlin

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
January 2011
ISBN:
9780195338928
eISBN:
9780199855865
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Opera, Popular

The years between 1900 and 1920 mark a moment of change in the relations between opera and popular music in the United States, a midpoint between the intimate connection of the nineteenth century and ... More


Of Stars, Soldiers, Mothers, and Mourning

William Brooks

in Over Here, Over There: Transatlantic Conversations on the Music of World War I

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042706
eISBN:
9780252051562
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042706.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Symbols like the service flag furthered community morale in the United States during World War I and evolved to engender memorial organizations like Gold Star Mothers. Music supported both, with ... More


Owning a Song: The Restructuring of Hollywood and Tin Pan Alley

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/9780199842216.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular, History, Western

Drawing on original archival research, Chapter 2 traces the convergence of the film and music industries from 1928 through early 1930, a period during which Hollywood's major studios acquired or ... More


Strains of Japonisme in Tin Pan Alley, on Broadway, and in the Parlor

W. Anthony Sheppard

in Extreme Exoticism: Japan in the American Musical Imagination

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
October 2019
ISBN:
9780190072704
eISBN:
9780190072735
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190072704.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the representation of Japan and the Japanese in American popular song and musical theater from 1860 to 1930. The representation of African Americans and of European immigrants ... More


Introduction: Something More Than a Song

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/9780199919772.003.0000
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

The introduction provides an overview of the song’s contemporary meanings and discusses its predecessors in the traditions of the Victorian home song, Tin Pan Alley, and unofficial anthems. After ... More


Lyric Powers

Robert Von Hallberg

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
February 2013
ISBN:
9780226865003
eISBN:
9780226865027
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226865027.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Poetry

The authority of poetry varies from one period to another, from one culture to another. For the author of this book, the authority of lyric poetry has three sources: religious affirmation, the social ... More


The Brief Career of Herbert Richard Lorenz

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway

Published in print:
1996
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195102895
eISBN:
9780199853212
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers, and Herbert Fields had been working intermittently on a show called Winkle Town, in which a fellow invents an electronic system that renders electric wires obsolete and ... More


The First Hollywood Musicals

Ethan Mordden

in When Broadway Went to Hollywood

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199395408
eISBN:
9780199395439
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199395408.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on some of the earliest Hollywood musicals. It details the stories and people behind films such as The Jazz Singer (1927), The Singing Fool (1928), The Broadway Melody (1929), ... More


Noisy drummers, ragtime, jazz, and the avant-garde

Matt Brennan

in Kick It: A Social History of the Drum Kit

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780190683863
eISBN:
9780190087005
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190683863.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Performing Practice/Studies

This chapter examines the early drum kit and how it challenged preconceptions about the relationship between noise and music. First, it explores the development of ragtime music. Second, it examines ... More


INCONGRUITY AND PREDICTABILITY IN BRITISH DANCE BAND MUSIC OF THE 1920S AND 1930S

Derek B. Scott

in FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC: On Critical Musicology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195151961
eISBN:
9780199870394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter is concerned with the ideology of “high” and “low“ art, and how this impacts upon both musical style and reception. Defenses of the popular that relate its value to its historical ... More


Rock in Broader Context

David Temperley

in The Musical Language of Rock

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
February 2018
ISBN:
9780190653774
eISBN:
9780190653804
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190653774.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition, Popular

This chapter zooms out to examine the broader historical and stylistic context of rock. The roots of rock—especially in common-practice music, the blues, and Tin Pan Alley / jazz—have been widely ... More


Small-Screen Singalongs: Television’s Infancy and the Cultural Cachet of the Great White Way

Kelly Kessler

in Broadway in the Box: Television's Lasting Love Affair with the Musical

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
August 2020
ISBN:
9780190674014
eISBN:
9780190674052
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190674014.003.0002
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

As the television industry struggled to establish its identity in the late 1940s, it looked across town to Broadway and Tin Pan Alley and embraced the deep-rooted, highly lucrative, popular musical ... More


Introduction: Irving Berlin’s Century

Jeffrey Magee

in Irving Berlin's American Musical Theater

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780195398267
eISBN:
9780199933358
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195398267.003.0000
Subject:
Music, History, American, Popular

Berlin’s 101-year life encapsulated a classic immigrant success story as it spanned fundamental changes in American popular song and musical theater and the advent of sound film. Berlin stood at the ... More


EROTIC REPRESENTATION FROM MONTEVERDI TO MAE WEST

Derek B. Scott

in FROM THE EROTIC TO THE DEMONIC: On Critical Musicology

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195151961
eISBN:
9780199870394
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195151961.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Theory, Analysis, Composition

This chapter examines some of the conventions involved in representing the erotic in music, and reveals the ideological character of these conventions. The disparity and mutability uncovered by a ... More


The Profoundly Troubling History of the Coon Song

Sharon Ammen

in May Irwin: Singing, Shouting, and the Shadow of Minstrelsy

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780252040658
eISBN:
9780252099090
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040658.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the origination of the coon song, a ragtime melody mixing jazz and march music and replete with degrading racial stereotypes. May Irwin was the most prominent white female coon ... More


Black America

Brian Roberts

in Blackface Nation: Race, Reform, and Identity in American Popular Music, 1812-1925

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780226451503
eISBN:
9780226451787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226451787.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter explores the movement of African Americans into the genre of blackface minstrelsy in the post-Civil War era. It argues, rooted in hatred and love, the minstrelsy-based perception of ... More


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