The Irving Berlin Reader Edited by Benjamin Sears...

Jan 31, 2013 by

“What a wonderful glance into the musical past! Benjamin Sears has assembled, organized and notated a fan’s paradise of writing on and by Irving Berlin. Andwhat a spectrum: from the master giving hints on how a song should be written, to a famous critic completely misjudging Berlin’s greatest theater score. This takes you back to another time and place, and brings Irving Berlin alive again. All in all, a great read.” —Ted Chapin, President Rogers & Hammerstein “The Irving Berlin Reader is an engrossing documentary biography that will delight both the casual music lover and the hardcore Berlinophile. Item after item brings up fascinating details about not only Berlin’s life and work but also the workings of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood at the height of the studio system—and Berlin was at the...

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Marching Along With Time – Songs by Irving Berlin, 1935-1945...

Jan 31, 2013 by

The decade from 1935-1945 was a particularly fertile one for Berlin, with his three scores for the Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers film series (Top Hat, Follow the Fleet and Carefree), a fourth for Astaire with Holiday Inn (also starring Bing Crosby), and lesser-known pictures, On the Avenue, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, and Second Fiddle.  On Broadway Berlin contributed two shows, Louisiana Purchase and his World War II Army show, This Is the Army, which later toured the world. The first act of Marching Along With Time covers the second half of the 1930s and Berlin’s great film scores.  Let’s Go Slumming was one of the big production numbers from On the Avenue (1937), sung by Alice Faye and the Ritz Brothers in a satire of New York upper crusts who went “slumming” in the...

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