Thank you David Shnaidman for the playlist of our course (might change a bit each semester)
important, use this to help think about the songs we studied. Our shortest (one page) book
How we can analyze the success of a song – important!
A brief discussion on the course as it progressed – important
The foundation of the course – very important – have you listened to the songs at the end?
A comparison of songs: This Diamond Ring, Sealed with a Kiss, Save your Heart for me, Sukiyaki, covers vs. originals – important
To what extent can popular music be analyzed? Interesting
The importance of pitch melody and phrasing – imporant. Listen to the songs.
Bing was more popular, now Billie is remembered while Bing has been largely forgotten. Why? Important to give a listen.
Why popular music began in 1927. Important.
Jerome Kern – important
Irving Berlin – interesting
Interesting and very short!
Cole Porter – interesting and not short
The Gershwins – interesting
Interesting and not short
Harold Arlen – interesting, short and sweet
Sholom Secunda – interesting
Frank Loesser – interesting
We dig the greatest Big Bands – interesting
Oscar Nominations, thirties and forties, songs from the movies – interesting and fun. and perhaps important, too
Then we talk about musical plays concentrating on the fifties – very very important
Celebrating the opus of Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein III – interesting
The King and I – Don’t forget to watch “Shall we dance”
There may be a question here
Important, of course
Billy Joel – short and interesting
Old picks of famous more recent musicians – interesting
important, watch examples
very important, but less so for the exam
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