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The Irving Berlin Reader (Readers on American Musicians) [Hardcover]

Benjamin Sears

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Table of Contents

  • Acknowledgements
  • Introduction
  • Part One: Musical Demon - Early Years
  • 1.1 A Trip to Chinatown with Irving Berlin, Ward Morehouse
  • 1.2 "Alexander" & Irving, Edward Jablonski
  • 1.3 Excerpt from Alexander and His Band, Charles Hamm
  • 1.4 The Boy Who Revived Ragtime, Rennard Wolf
  • 1.5 Review of Watch Your Step by "Madam Critic"
  • 1.6 Excerpt from First Nights and First Editions, Harry B. Smith
  • 1.7 "Watch Your Step": Irving Berlin's 1914 Musical, Margaret Knapp
  • 1.8 Ghost of Verdi Interviewed: Tells How He Suffers Nightly
  • 1.9 Fond Memory: Those Old Music Box Revues, Robert Baral
  • 1.10 Letter about The Music Box, Robert Benchley
  • 1.11 "Yes, We Have No Bananas" in Grand Opera Setting, S.I. deKrafft
  • Part Two: Blue Skies - Middle Years
  • 2.1 Memoir, George S. Kaufman
  • 2.2 Letter from Jerome Kern to Alexander Woollcott from The Story of Irving Berlin
  • 2.3 Excerpt from Musical Stages, Richard Rodgers
  • 2.4 Excerpt from chapter The March of Time in A Song in the Dark, Richard Barrios
  • 2.5 Unity in Word and Tone in Two Ballads by Irving Berlin, Howard Pollack
  • 2.6 The Origins of Easter Parade, Benjamin Sears
  • 2.7 "Gawd Bless A-M-E-R-I-K-A", Cleve Sallendar
  • 2.8 "No Right to a Personal Interest in 'God Bless America'," Berlin is Told, Variety
  • 2.9 Excerpt from Stokowski, Here for Concert Tonight, Praises Martial, Folk Songs; Likes to Play for Soldiers, Nashville Tennessean
  • 2.10 Irving Berlin Orders Song Word Change, Richmond Afro American
  • 2.11 Excerpt from Musical Stages: An Autobiography, Richard Rodgers
  • 2.12 Excerpt from Who Could Ask for Anything More, Ethel Merman, as told to Pete Martin
  • 2.13 Annie Get Your Gun, Brooks Atkinson
  • 2.14 Verse to Halloween, Harold Arlen & Ralph Blane
  • 2.15 Excerpt from The Hollywood Musical, John Russell Taylor and Arthur Jackson
  • 2.16 Excerpt from Steps in Time, Fred Astaire
  • Part Three: The Melody Lingers On - Later Years
  • 3.1 A Ninetieth-birthday Salute to the Master of American Song, Joshua Logan
  • 3.2 First Encounters: Irving Berlin and George Gershwin, Nancy Caldwell Sorel
  • 3.3 Excerpts from Top Hat and Tales, Mark Steyn
  • 3.4 Berlin at 100: Life On a High Note, Marilyn Berger
  • 3.5 Bit of Blues for Ballads of Berlin, Murray Kempton
  • 3.6 Genius Without Tears, Josh Rubins
  • 3.7 Irving Berlin (1888-1989), Arthur Maisel
  • 3.8 Cartoon: September 22, 1989, Edward Sorel
  • Epilogue: Berlin on Songwriting
  • 4.1 How to Write Ragtime Songs, Irving Berlin
  • 4.2 Song and Sorrow Are Playmates, Irving Berlin
  • 4.3 Irving Berlin Gives Nine Rules for Writing Popular Songs, Frank Ward O'Malley
  • 4.4 Excerpt from Words and Music From Irving Berlin, Isaac Goldberg
  • 4.5 How to Write a Song Hit, Irving Berlin
  • Biographical Highlights
  • Suggested Reading
  • Index

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