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Chapter 4-1

Tin Pan Alley Song Form and Irving Berlin

Sarah Strothers

on 28 January 2013

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Transcript of Chapter 4-1

Chapter 4: The Golden Age of Tin Pan Alley Song During the 1920s and 1930s... Gradual increase for popular song
Professional tunesmiths wrote some of the most influential and commercially successful songs of the period.
The potential for fame and financial success lured composers and lyricists with diverse skills and backgrounds. Arrival of European Immigrants Mostly from Central and Eastern Europe
The rise of anti-semitism lead to the immigration/emigration of millions of Jews
By 1910, Jews made up more than a quarter of the population of New York City. Irving Berlin (1888-1989) The Beginning... Alexander's Ragtime Band Born in Temun, Russia (1888)
Fled the anti-Jewish Program
Began life in America in desperate poverty
Grew up poor in the Jewish ghetto of NYC
Got a job as a singing waiter
Began his career as a song plugger for Harry von Tilzer Published in 1911
First brought Berlin to mass acclaim
Sold 1.5 million copies immediately After WWI... Set up his own publishing company
Found a theater for the production of his own songs
Wrote songs for the broadway stage
Wrote songs for sound film (NEW) Sound Film and Berlin "Blue Skies" performed by Al Jolson in the first "talkie", "The Jazz Singer"
"The Coconuts" (1929), the first motion picture featuring an entire score written by Berlin
"Holiday Inn" (1942) introduced one of Berlin's most successful songs "White Christmas" "God Bless America" (1938) Wrote it and filed it away
Someone asked if he could compose a patriotic song and he gave that person "God Bless America"
Quickly became the second national anthem after America entered WWII
Gave the royalties for the Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts
"God Bless America" phrase came from Berlin's mother Berlin and Broadway "Annie Get Your Gun": 1946
Had more hit songs than any other show during the time
Popular songs include:
"Anything I Can Do"
"There's No Business Like Show Business" Tin Pan Alley Song Form A - Same
A - Similar
B - Different
A - Same
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