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...The songwriter and lyricist Irving Berlin produced some of the most memorable entries in the Great American Songbook. Born in 1888 in the Russian Empire, Berlin’s family immigrated to the United States when he was five. At eight, Berlin...

New York City, NY: Tin Pan Alley

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...The term ‘Tin Pan Alley’ is said to have been coined around 1903 by Monroe Rosenfeld, a full-time newspaperman and sometime songwriter, after he visited the publishing house of songwriter Harry Von Tilzer, whose office...

Revue, American

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Revue is a form of musical theater that is given coherence by a central theme – such as a season, a single composer or a topical reference – but that lacks a coherent narrative structure. It consists of a sequence of sketches but can also...

Ragtime

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...In the years 1890–1920 in the United States ‘rag-time’ came to be used as a collective term to identify a variety of musical practices and new social dances. Through the commercial availability of instrumental works and songs...

New York City, NY: Broadway

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...It may not be unusual for a place to give its name to a genre (vaudeville, habanera, schottische) or a musical style or ‘sound’ (Nashville, Motown); but perhaps only two well-known art forms are named after streets: the Tin Pan Alley song...

Tin Pan Alley

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The term ‘Tin Pan Alley’ began as a playful nickname for West 28th Street in New York City, where a number of new-style music publishers had begun establishing offices in the 1890s, and has since taken on a variety of meanings. Composer...

Ballad (North American)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Emergence From the standpoint of the early twenty-first century, common usage suggests the American popular ballad can be defined as a slow or slow-ish song with romantic lyric content, emotional in manner, intimate in feeling...

Broadway Musical

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...The Broadway musical is a type of musical theater that developed a distinct identity through shows created for the theaters of Broadway, New York, although the term is also commonly applied to shows created elsewhere which are thought...

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David Horn

David Horn was a founding editor of the journal Popular Music and a founding member of IASPM (The International Association for the Study of Popular Music). He was Director of the Institute of Popular Music at the University of Liverpool from 1988 until his retirement in 2002. Together with the blues scholar Paul Oliver he first proposed the idea of EPMOW in the 1980s, and has worked on the project since that time. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city – 8,008,278; metropolitan area – 21,199,865 (2002) New York City lies on the northeastern Atlantic coast of the United States, at the mouth of the Hudson River. The combination of a large natural harbor...