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|Additional Physical Format:||Online version:
Furia, Philip, 1943-
New York : Schirmer Books, c1998
|Named Person:||Irving Berlin; Irving Berlin; Irving Berlin|
|All Authors / Contributors:||
Philip Furia; Graham Wood
|Description:||x, 323 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.|
|Contents:||Russian Lullaby --
Ragged Meter Man --
I Love a Piano --
A Pretty Girl is Like a Melody --
Say it with Music --
Blue Skies --
The Song is Ended --
How Deep is the Ocean? --
Cheek to Cheek --
God Bless America --
Anything You Can Do --
Count Your Blessings --
Irving Berlin Songography / Ken Bloom.
|Responsibility:||Philip Furia, with the assistance of Graham Wood ; Irving Berlin songography compiled by Ken Bloom.|
Even more indicative of the quality of his songs is that so many have become "standards" - the kind of song that transcends its own era of popularity to become a timeless part of our musical heritage. Heard today in jazz and cabaret performances, movie sound tracks, and even in television commercials, these evergreens constitute the closest thing America has to a vital body of classical song.
In this book, musical theater historian Philip Furia has written a musical life of America's most beloved composer. With access to the Irving Berlin Archives, he has brought forth new information on how the songs were created and related this to the important incidents in the composer's life. He has truly delineated a "life in song," for Berlin was a man who drew on his entire life's experiences in crafting his musical work.