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Posted By: Sam S 30 days to Great American Songbook Recital! - 06/15/21 09:37 AM
The "Great American Songbook" Themed Recital will be open for submissions July 1, 2021, and go "live" July 15th.

The Great American Songbook is the loosely defined canon of American popular songs and jazz standards of the first half of the 20th century, principally created for Broadway theatre, musical theatre, and Hollywood musical film in the United States, but also sheet music publishers like Tin Pan Alley.

Think broadway shows, musical films, early jazz and blues, even early rock and roll. The cut-off dates are about 1900 to 1959. This includes music as diverse as Scott Joplin and Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael and Cole Porter.

There are two collections of music that do an excellent job of presenting great music from the period:
"The Great American Songbook: The Composers"
"The Great American Songbook: The Singers"
both published by Hal Leonard

The rules:
1) You must decide if your choice fits the theme.
2) Any skill level! This is the Adult Beginners Forum, after all.
3) Duplicate pieces will be allowed, since there is hardly a standard way to perform these pieces.
4) Multiple submissions are allowed, for instance several pieces with a similar theme or from the same composer or musical. Be creative!

Here is the list of performers who have pledged to play something:

1) George Gershwin - Promenade - Sam S & Tootles
2) Warren and Mack - There Will Never Be Another You - Jazzyprof
3) Gershwin - Embraceable You - pianist685 (Constantin)
4) van Heusen/Burke - But Beautiful - pianist685 (Constantin)
5) Raksin/Mercer - Laura - pianist685 (Constantin)
6) Carmichael - The Nearness of You ( TomLC )
7) Andre & Schwandt - Dream a Little Dream of Me - MaryBee
8) Mancini/Mercer - Moon River - rwsavory
9) Gershwin -Summertime -sisi
10) Hupfeld - As Time Goes By - barbaram
11) Hamilton - Cry Me a River - barbaram
12) Harry Warren - An Affair to Remember/I Got a Gal in Kalamazoo -- Tim Adrianson
13) Walter Kent - I'll Be Home for Christmas or Hugh Martin - Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas - Emily2Lame
14) Gershwin - Someone to Watch Over Me -lilypad
15) Mancini - The Days of Wine and Roses - mel_lem
16) Richard Rodgers - You Are too Beautiful/Oh, What a Beautiful Morning -- Tim Adrianson
17) Jimmy van Heusen - Here's that Rainy Day/Moonlight Becomes You -- Tim Adrianson
18) Frank Loesser - Somebody, Somewhere/Once in Love with Amy -- Tim Adrianson
19) Cole Porter - It Was Just One of Those Things/Everytime We Say Goodbye -- Tim Adrianson
20) George Gershwin - (Five Gershwin arrangements of his own songs) -- Tim Adrianson
21) Jerome Kern - All the Things You Are/The Song Is You -- Tim Adrianson
22) Harold Arlen - This Time the Dream's on Me/Come Rain or Come Shine -- Tim Adrianson
23) Irving Berlin - Always/I've Got the Sun in the Morning and the Moon at Night -- Tim Adrianson
24) Duke Ellington - In My Solitude/Love You Madly -- Tim Adrianson
25) Jule Styne - The Things We Did Last Summer/Just in Time -- Tim Adrianson
26) Hoagy Carmichael - Skylark/Two Sleepy People -- Tim Adrianson
27) Benny Golson - Along came Betty -- Marklings
28) Young/Heyman - When I Fall in Love - Jazzyprof
29) Leroy Anderson - Forgotten Dreams - KevinM
30) Rodgers & Hart - My Funny Valentine - ClsscLib
31) Harold Arlen - Over the Rainbow - lilypad
32) Walter Donaldson - My Buddy - lilypad
33) Waller & Brooks - Ain’t Misbehavin’ - FrankieC
34) Herzog & Holiday - God Bless The Child - FrankieC
35) Gershwin, Bose, Hayward and Gershwin - Summertime - FrankieC
36) Billy Strayhorn - Take the "A" Train - lilypad
37) Ray Henderson - Bye Bye Blackbird - lilypad
38) Gershwin - The Man I Love - Kepijapa
39) Mercer & Elman - And the Angels Sing - Beemer
40) Rogers & Hart - Blue Moon - Beemer
41) David Raksin - Laura - Beemer
42) George Gershwin - A Foggy Day - lilypad

You can still pledge to play - look in the Themed Recital subforum. The pledge is just a courtesy, you can submit before the deadline without a pledge.

Looking forward to it!
Sam
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