The American Songbook consists of popular “standards,” including those written for Broadway, movies, recordings, radio, and other media, from the 1920s through the 1950s. These classic songs continue to be performed and enjoyed in subsequent decades up to the present. We will cover familiar composers and vocalists: Berlin, Gershwin, Rodgers, Porter, Frank, Bing, and Ella, plus many worthy but less familiar talents. The course will be conducted as part lecture, part seminar, including class discussions and voluntary presentations by participants. We will closely listen to selected songs, considering composition, lyric, arrangement, cultural and historical context, and the genre’s legacy in the 21st century.
LEADER: Michael Lundy, who has led two Evergreen courses on popular music (1950s and 1960s), is a docent at the Princeton University Art Museum, and a tour guide for the Historical Society of Princeton.
TUESDAYS: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon 8 weeks: September 25 through November 13
LOCATION: Presbyterian Church of Lawrenceville