The Great American Songbook, Volume 4

GENINT 721.604

Osher (50+). This course takes a look at great American music of the 20th century. Songwriters and performing artists who have influenced American music are reviewed and discussed. 


About this course:

As the song goes, “The party’s over; It’s time to call it a day,” but we’ll end our loving look at The Great American Songbook with a flourish, featuring just about everyone we missed along the way. Composers include Harry Warren, Al Dubin, Leo Robin, Vernon Duke, Yip Harburg, Paul Francis Webster, Henry Mancini, Jimmy McHugh, Jule Styne, Frank Loesser, and Duke Ellington with songs that lit up Broadway’s Great White Way and Hollywood’s silver screen. Vocalists include some of the best interpreters of these songbook standards: from Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gormé to The Mills Brothers; Peggy Lee, Billie Holiday, and Dinah Shore; and of course, Streisand and Sinatra. Volume 4 marks the final volume in this series but the music, America’s gift to the world, lives on forever.

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