Funny, It Doesn't Sound Jewish: How Yiddish Songs and Synagogue Melodies Influenced Tin Pan Alley, Broadway, and Hollywood / Edition 1

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UNY Press 2004 Hardcover First Edition. 306 pages. Hardcover with dustjacket. Brand new book. Signed by author. MUSIC. Chronicles how Jewish songwriters and composers ... transformed the popular music of mid-twentieth-century America. Although many critics, historians, and musicians have alluded to the Jewish influence on American popular song, tthis is the first book ever to support such assertions with comprehensive musical examples. Accompanying this book is an Audio CD that includes previously unrecorded songs as well as some surprising rarities performed by the likes of Judy Garland, Billie Holiday, and Leonard Bernstein. Includes an Index. (Key Words: Yiddish Songs, Jack Gottlieb, Music, Irving Berlin, Audio CD, Judy Garland, Leonard Bernstein, Billie Holiday, Songwriters, Judaica, Yiddish Theater, Broadway, Signed Books, Hollywood, Tin Pan Alley, Jews, Victor Young, Cantors, Dmiri Tiomkin, Sholom Secunda, Richard Rogers, Molly Picon, Jerome Kern, Al Jolson, Adolph Green, E. Y. Harburg, Jerry Bock, Haro Read more Show Less

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Documents the influence of Jewish music on American popular song.
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Table of Contents


Problems of Permissions
Other Books
Orthography and Abbreviations


Making Lists
What's in a Name?
Yiddish into English

Part I: Secular Roots

1. Slices of History

A Search for Definitions
Over There--The Mediterranean Basin and Western Europe
Over Here--The USA, Mostly New York City

2. The Lullaby of Brody--Childhood Experiences

3. Pathways of Americanization

Adaptation--Musical transformations
A Young Wife's Tale--"Love Me to a Yiddisha Melody"
Adoption--Musical Quotations
Absorption--Musical Anagrams

4. "Writes" of Passage

Accent-Free Adaptations--"And the Angels Sing"
Accent-Free Adoptions--"Nature Boy"
Accent-Free Absorptions

5. The Wandering Gypsy

Acculturation--By Way of an Idiomatic Musical Formula
The Charm of the Flatted Sixth--Jewish Coloration

6. "Yingish" Songs

Novelties--Minor Verse/Major Chorus
In the Limelight--"Yiddle, On Your Fiddle, Play Some Ragtime"
"Moon Shine"

Song Sheets International Proudly Presents The Story of Becky from Babylon

Part II: Sacred Roots

7. The Mood of Modes

The Adonai malakh Mode
The Magein avot Mode
"Hatikvah" (The Hope)
"Eli, Eli" (My God, My God)
The Ahava raba Mode--The Freygish Factor

8. Bits and Pieces

The Impact of the Synagogue

9. Sons of Cantors

Kurt Weill
Jacques Offenbach
Irving Berlin
Harold Arlen
Sammy Fain
Cantors' Sons as Performers

10. Symbols of Faith in the Music of Leonard Bernstein

11. Porter's Trunk

12. Affinities Between Jewish Americans and African Americans

Debunking Canards


Showbiz Religion
The Ukrainian Dorian Mode
Jungle Fever, Blues, and Jews
Davenen--Jewish Prayer Style

13. Afterword--Society and Musical Politics

Photo Gallery of Yiddish Songwriters and Poets


A. Composers, Authors, and Performers
B. "Yingish" Song Titles--A Selective List
C. Musical Example Titles




CD Tracks


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