The Great American Songbook, also known as “American Standards, is the canon of the most important and influential American songs from the early and mid-twentieth century. They include the most popular and enduring melodies that were created primarily for Broadway musical productions and Hollywood musical films. The Songbook comprises standards by Jerome Kern, George Gershwin, Cole Porter, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, George M. Cohan, Sammy Fain, Arthur Schwartz, Harold Arlen, Victor Young, Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen, Cy Coleman, Harry Warren, Meredith Wilson, and many others. The multi-media lectures include clips of vocalists and arrangers, both past and present, interpreting these timeless melodies. Class will and examine how their placement within the context of a musical show or film added to their historical significance and made them truly unforgettable.
Part I: Songs composed and recorded prior to 1930, including such great numbers as Irving Berlin’s “Always,” Hoagy Carmichael’s “Stardust,” James Monaco’s “You Made Me Love You,” and George Gershwin’s “Someone to Watch Over Me.”