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Title:
The NPR curious listener's guide to popular standards
Author:
Morath, Max.
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Publication Information:
New York : Berkley Pub. Group, 2002.
Physical Description:
xvi, 235 pages ; 21 cm
General Note:
"A Grand Central Press book."

"A Perigee book."
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780399527449
Format :
Book

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Hamburg Library ML3477 .M67 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf
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Summary

* Every major singer from Frank Sinatra to Christina Aguilera * Every major composer from Irving Berlin to Stephen Sondheim * Every major song from a century of favorites * Every major musician and lyricist * Every major styling from blues, jazz, and country to folk, big band, and rock and roll * The most recorded songs of all time * A guide to understanding the "standard" lingo * The evolution of popular music from Tin Pan Alley to contemporary musical theater, and more


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Library Journal Review

With the imprimatur of National Public Radio, these entries constitute an auspicious beginning to a new series that will total four titles (those on jazz and classical music will be released in fall 2002). Berger (Verdi with a Vengeance, Wagner Without Fear) and ragtime pianist Morath obviously have great affection for and knowledge of their subjects. Directed to lay readers, their witty and informative handbooks include introductory frameworks; historical development and contexts; short biographical treatment of major figures such as composers, performers, and conductors; a "deconstruction" section interpreting the genre; a glossary; details on the major songs or operas; discographies (30 suggested CDs in Opera and 75 in Popular Standards); and selected resources for further study, including web sites. The opinionated remarks (Morath writes that Louis Armstrong is "the twentieth century's dominant figure in American music") and recording choices are sure to provoke comments among aficionados. Facts are generally reliable, explanations are assured, and the sidebars are especially interesting. The Morath volume nicely complements William Zinsser's recent Easy To Remember: The Great American Songwriters and Their Songs (LJ 2/1/01), while Berger's provides a contrast to opinions offered in books like Michael Walsh's Who's Afraid of Opera? (S. & S., 1994). With their affordability and upbeat tone, both guides are enthusiastically recommended for public libraries. (Indexes not seen.) Barry Zaslow, Miami Univ. Libs., Oxford, OH (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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