Stardust Melodies

Stardust Melodies

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In Stardust Melodies, Will Friedwald takes each of these legendary songs apart and puts it together again, with a staggering wealth of detail and unprecedented understanding. Each chapter gives us an extended history of one songa€”the circumstances under which it was written and first performeda€”and then explores its musical and lyric content. Drawing on his vast knowledge of records and the careers of performing artists, Friedwald tells us who was responsible for making these songs famous and discusses in depth the performers who have left their unique marks on them. He writes about variations in performance style, about both classic and obscure versions of the songs, about brilliantly original interpretations and ghastly travesties. And then therea€™s the completely unexpected, like Stan Freberga€™s politically correct a€œElderly Man River.a€ This is a book for all lovers of American song to explore, argue with, and savor. From the Hardcover edition.Arlen himself, on his mid-fifties Capitol album, and Billy Eckstine (on Once More with Feeling) are among the few major male singers to use this section, which is identified in the sheet music as a€œThe Interlude.a€ The interlude ... Second line: a repeat of that a€œSent for you yesterday, here you come today.aquot; Third line: either aanbsp;...


Title:Stardust Melodies
Author: Will Friedwald
Publisher:Pantheon - 2009-07-01
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