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From “Sectional Refrains” to Repeated Verses

Olivier Julien

Olivier Julien is a lecturer in the history and musicology of popular music at Paris-Sorbonne University, France. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Over and Over : Exploring Repetition in Popular Music

Bloomsbury Academic, 2018

Scholarly Books

...In the following pages, I address the development of this particular formal type that is known as the “AABA form.” The expression is one of common usage, and it might be argued that there is a broad consensus on its origins amongst popular...
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...Egbert Austin Williams was the first black American to have full control over the production of his own films for a general audience, though he is more commonly known as one of the first black popular stage entertainers. Ironically, he had...

Bing Crosby

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...As one of the most successful entertainers in American history, Bing Crosby shaped the way in which music and film were both produced and discussed. Raised in Washington State, the fourth of seven children, Crosby became infatuated...

Dansktop

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume XI : Genres: Europe

Bloomsbury Academic, 2017

Encyclopedia Articles

...Dansktop (Danish Top Hits) is a Danish genre that evolved during the last three decades of the twentieth century. The term is commonly used to describe music with Danish lyrics which derives stylistically from three main sources: (1...

Torch Song

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

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Torch songs, in the most general sense, are slow and sentimental love-songs, the lyrics of which are concerned with unrequited, failed or somehow emotionally unprofitable love. The origins of the term are not entirely clear...

Barbershop

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...Barbershop is a style of close harmony singing that originated in the eastern USA. It emerged in the late nineteenth century and drew on such precedents as European touring quartets, blackface minstrel quartets and African-American amateur...

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...

Tin Pan Alley

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

The Continuum International, 2012

Encyclopedia Articles

...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...

Melanesia

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: New Caledonia: 210,798 (2003); Papua New Guinea: 5,295,816 (2003); Solomon Islands: 509,190 (2003); Vanuatu: 199,414 (2003) Composed of the Pacific Ocean’s ‘black islands,’ Melanesia is one...

Hawai’i (Hawaii)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

Encyclopedia Articles

...Population: 1,200,000 (2000) Located at a latitude of between 19 and 22 degrees north, Hawai‘i consists physically of an archipelago of high volcanic islands and coral atolls spanning some 200 miles (322 km...