Zinsser's well written website and Facebook page. All such images are linked to the source from which they came i. I do not like musicals and showtunes so I am very biased against this and cannot objectively judge the book. There was Johnny Mercer, of course as noted, both songwriter and singer , but he sang mostly songs written by others. As the book progresses, however, its tone changes and things get markedly better. Others would have been included in the second volume. Any other images that appear on CafeSongbook.
These are the words and melodies that are as familiar to us as the flag, so firmly ensconced in our mental topographies that they have become part of our standard literature, songs adopted and adapted by generations of performers, jazz singers, and musicians, deeply lodged in the memory of everyone who has ever heard them. Simply close and relaunch your preferred browser to log-in. We read about many of the greats: Coal Porter, Rodgers and Hart, George and Ira Gershwin, etc. The songwriters with whom Zinsser came of age lie at the center of The Songbook. About this Item: David R Godine Pub, 2000. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. There might be writing in the margins, possibly underlining and highlighting of text, but no missing pages or anything that would compromise the legibility or understanding of the text.
The names on this list are mostly men and a few women who, to a great extent, made their livings writing songs for American musical theater, for Hollywood movies, for publication as sheet music on, to be sold to professional performers or to a piano playing and singing public. Written with the author's usual elegance and humor, supported by lyrics that instantly bring back the songs and their emotional associations, Easy to Remember is handsomely illustrated with rare photographs of the songwriters and with sheet music covers of the songs they wrote? The first tier includes those Songbook songwriters everyone has heard of or, if that is too optimistic a notion in the twenty-first century, then the first tier are those everyone who has any idea about The Songbook at all has heard of; that is, , , , , , and a few others. While I don't regret the read, I must say that I found nothing here that I didn't already know. Who were the men and women who wrote them? I then hoped to have a volume 2. On the one hand, it is extremely well written and comprehensive.
Secure packaging for safe delivery. Written with the author's usual elegance and humor, supported by lyrics that instantly bring back the songs and their emotional associations, Easy to Remember is handsomely illustrated with rare photographs of the songwriters and with sheet music covers of the songs they wrote. I'm as much taken by Mr. And they not only partnered up with one another to work, but they played together: open houses at parents' apartment, parties at the Gershwins', both in uptown Manhattan , tennis and golf in southern California. It's evident that Zinsser has a much more personal connection with the lyricists and composers whose work is discussed in the second half. It was written in 1949, with music by and lyrics by for the Broadway show Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, and was introduced in that show by Lorelei Lee.
Zinsser writes from an intimate knowledge of the songs, as a scholar of the American musical theater, and as a pianist-performer himself. When I began this project I set a somewhat but not completely arbitrary end date 1965 for the year by which a song had to be written to be included. I read this solely for book club and can only recommend it for people who like show tunes. Very soon, however, it became abundantly clear that, while the book is a tribute to the great American songbook, it is not the compendium of stories I expected. The history is fascinating enough but the author's superb writing ability In the process of studying jazz guitar I became aware that I naturally gravitated to songs from the Great American Songbook. It's hard to know whether to recommend this book or not. William Knowlton Zinsser October 7, 1922 - May 12, 2015 was an American writer, editor, literary critic, and teacher.
His writing is lively, and he manages to entertain, whether offering biographical information or technical notes. Blue boards with black cloth quarter-spine with gold embossed piano keys and gold lettering. Cafe Songbook Master List of Great American Songbook Songwriters Names of songwriters who have written at least one song included in the of The Great American Songbook are listed below. I intend to use these indexes to check off my viewing of the movies and my study of these songs and their creators. In order for a songwriter to be included, he or she would have to have had such a song on the list.
Dust Jacket Condition: Like New. About this Item: Godine, 2001. Still most of them composers and lyricists alike could sing their own songs. He wrote 18 books, including On Writing Well, which is in its 17th edition. After all, they worked together in the same industry that had a very limited number of focal points:, Broadway, Harlem, Hollywood. What stars and what shows were they written for? What stars and what shows were they written for? The book is basically a series of essays about the great American songbook. The result is a book unlike any other in its authority, insight, and detail.
He began his career as a journalist for the New York Herald Tribune, where he worked as a feature writer, drama editor, film critic and editorial writer. The second tier includes songwriters like , , , , , and others whose names are familiar to those who have done even a little reading about The Songbook -- or listen to Jonathan Schwartz on the radio. Zinsser writes from an intimate knowledge of the songs, as a scholar of the American musical theater, and as a pianist-performer himself. Maher, the author of the introduction to the book, points them out. There are 3 possible reasons you were unable to login and get access our premium online pages.
And two indexes, one of several hundred listed musicals and movies and another of song titles. Strange as it sounds, I was devastated; in fact, I almost deleted the book and moved on. Click to access the password we have on file for you. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Zinsser writes from an intimate knowledge of the songs, as a scholar of the American musical theater, and as a pianist-performer himself. Written by the likes of Porter, Hart, and Berlin, these songs were played on the pianos of thousands of households, and the words and tunes were memorized by millions. These later essays are so filled with passion that they completely captured my heart.
No fee was paid by the author for this review. We need revues and showcases. You may cancel at any time with no questions asked. It took a revival in 1942 for Porgy and Bess to be recognized as a touchstone of the modern musical theater. What stars and what shows were they written for? When thinking about the songwriters of The Great American Songbook, this club as it were, the notion of tiers comes to mind. Even in that earlier era, the great performers were generally far better known than the great songwriters, nertheless, the songwriters did have a following. The material avoided the European musical influences that dominated the typical offerings of the day, and included blues and ragtime.