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.  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. This music lit up Broadway’s Great White Way, Hollywood’s silver screen, and lives on forever as America’s gift to the world. Volume 4 marks the final volume of The Great American Songbook series. The spring 2022 section of this course will be recorded and enrolled students will have access to the videos for the duration of the course.

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