At ParlorSongs, we are vitally interested in not only the performance of the
popular music of America but also in creating a site that presents you with
real history and information about the origins of American popular song. To
accomplish that, we have published a series of articles about aspects of American
popular song that help us understand the history and origins of the music that
is uniquely our own. We add to these articles regularly and over time,
we hope to provide a complete survey of many aspects of our music that can only
be found here at ParlorSongs. In addition to our "in search of" series,
we also are building a library of comprehensive biographies of some of the people
who made American music what it was during the golden age of song. All of the
biographies and articles or essays include musical examples and cover images
where appropriate so you can also enjoy the best of ParlorSongs music as you
This directory provides you with a quick listing of all of our "In Search
Of" articles and a listing of the major biographies prepared thus far.
We hope you find the articles interesting and enjoyable. For a complete view of all our articles, be sure to visit our site map.
In Search Of Popular Song
Popular Music, Pt 1. An analysis and discussion of popular
music in America from a 1910 perspective. Posted January, 2002
K. Harris; Published November, 2001, the life story of the man who
started it all with the hit song, After The Ball. Learn how a man
who could neither read nor write music became a popular music phenomenon.
Popular Music, Pt 2. The conclusion of the analysis and
discussion of popular music in America from a 1910 perspective. Posted February,
Jacobs-Bond; Read about the life story and the music of America's
first million selling woman composer, a story of tragedy and determination.
Dead Zone of American Music; Explore the early origins of American
popular music and look at an era in the late 19th century when the music
seemed to die.
Pfeiffer; Read the life history of one of American popular song's
greatest illustrators. See examples of his finest works.
|Countdown To The Dead Zone, The Dark Ages; A
look at the earliest popular songs in America and some musical examples
of our first songs.(Coming Soon)
Priscilla Risher; Read about one of America's "lost" woman
composers, her music is beautiful and deserves more attention. An artist,
patron of the arts, humanitarian and musician, see for yourself why she
is one of our favorite composers
Pan Alley; a look at the history of the music publishing business
with a focus on the Tin Pan Alley era in New York. Discover the origins
of "Tin Pan Alley."
A short biography of one of Ragtime's greatest composers, a man who for
many is the definition of ragtime itself. Included as a part of our Ragtime
"In Search Of" article.
Sheet Music; a guide for finding, valuing and collecting antique
sheet music. If you are into collecting sheet music, this is the best on-line
guide you will find.
Paull; a look at one of the early 20th century march composers whose
work and publications were a phenomenon and whose works today command some
of the highest collector prices.
American Music; read about native American music and instruments,
explore the effect of native music on popular music; hear actual native
American music as documented by early American musicologists.
Wenrich; Issued in September, 2001, this article reviews the music
and life of one of the nation's most creative and versatile composers.
Music; Discover the true origins of "Cowboy" music and
western music and its effect on American popular song.
Jolson, The Original Jazz Singer; Issued in December, 2002, this
article reviews the music and life of one of the nation's most creative
Popular Music; Explore European popular music during the golden
age of song and discover how it affected American music and vice versa.
Berlin, Dean of American Song; Issued in February, 2003, this article
reviews the music and life of one of the nation's most prolific and influential
The Music of World War One a look at the unique American music
to come out of the great war, an in-depth three part series.
Music Goes To War
Ziegfeld & The Ziegfeld Follies; Issued in January, 2004, this
article reviews the life of one of the nation's most influential stage producers.
Features many examples of some of the musical works to come out of the famous
Follies series of productions.
in Advertising; a look at music and its use in and as a form of
advertising, also look at "vanity music", music written for and
Von Tilzer, The Man Who Launched A Thousand Hits; Issued in February,
2004, this biographical article reviews the life and music of one of Tin
Pan Alley's most prolific composers and publishers.
A look at what constitutes Ragtime music and a little bit of history
of the genre.. New!, for June, 2001, updated & expanded with musical
examples, includes a bio on Scott Joplin.
Von Tilzer, His Life and Music; Issued in March, 2004, this biographical
article reviews the life and music of the second son in one of Tin Pan Alley's
most prolific composer and publisher families.
|The Lost Verses; Read about how the verses to many familiar songs were dropped from performances and recordings over the decades so that many of us have never heard them. This is a great guest article by Rich Beil. Includes information about a companion CD of great old songs whose verses you may never have heard before.
M. Cohan, His Life and Music; Issued in July, 2004, this biographical
article reviews the life and music of one of America's most loved and versatile
performers from the Tin Pan Alley era.
Blues; discover the origins of the blues and hear some of the early
blues music from some of the greatest early blues composers.
||Harry Lauder, His Life and Music: A feature article about Harry Lauder, a Scot who became all the rage in America in the first two decades of the 20th century.
of The Sea, Sea Shanties; a look at work songs and in particular,
the sea shanty (chanty) which flourished from 1815 to ca. 1880. Hear some
original and charming shanties from the early 19th century.
||Victor Herbert: Our biography of Victor Herbert (1859 - 1924) an Irish immigrant who became king of the light opera in America.
a look at a period in American popular song that exploited African Americans
and a style of song that created a shameful chapter in our musical heritage.
||Egbert Van Alstyne: Our biography of Egbert Van Alstyne (1878 - 1951) one of Americas greatest Tin Pan Alley Composers.
Printing; A short history
of the printing of music and the role of lithography in printing both
scores and covers. Published August, 2001.
Preservation and Restoration of Music Manuscripts; a look
at how manuscripts are restored and preserved using today's scanning
and digital technology.
Music In America, a look at the origins of patriotic music in America
and a cross section of some of the popular music that was written in the
late 19th and early 20th centuries. Published as a monthy feature in July
Songs Old and New, the story of the Minstrelsy movement in
19th century America with musical examples. Published September, 2011
as Propaganda a well researched guest article about the use of music
as a weapon of propaganda by governments. Includes a historic perspective
with primary focus on the music of the First World War. Many musical examples
are included. Published as a monthly feature in April of 2004.
We hope you find these articles interesting and informative. This is only a small sampling of the over 130 articles about American songs that appear on our site. For a complete view of all articles, be sure to visit our site map.