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Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era by Larry Hamberlin (review)

Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era by Larry Hamberlin (review) Book Reviews 519 (157; 160). In addition, there is on p. 159 a factual error regarding the name of the trombonist at the historic June 28, 1928, session; he was Fred Robinson, not John Thomas. Overall, however, Harker ’s book represents a superb achievement, evidence of his stature as one of the truly outstanding younger scholars now working in the area of Armstrong research. Joshua Berrett Mercy College Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era. By Larry Ham- berlin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-13: 9780195338928. Hardcover. Pp. i, 336. $27.95. Larry Hamberlin explores an area of early twentieth-century music that has never before been highlighted: popular songs that rely upon audience familiarity with the arias, characters, and celebrated performers of famous operas. This subgenre of popular song emerged from the special circumstances of that time; as those conditions are unlikely to reoccur, we are unlikely to see its reappearance. There would be no point to it; understanding the operatic references is a key to enjoying much of what the songs have to say. Many of the songs are humorous, but for the uninformed audience the jokes would fall flat. During the first two decades http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Music University of Illinois Press

Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era by Larry Hamberlin (review)

American Music , Volume 30 (4) – Aug 4, 2013

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Book Reviews 519 (157; 160). In addition, there is on p. 159 a factual error regarding the name of the trombonist at the historic June 28, 1928, session; he was Fred Robinson, not John Thomas. Overall, however, Harker ’s book represents a superb achievement, evidence of his stature as one of the truly outstanding younger scholars now working in the area of Armstrong research. Joshua Berrett Mercy College Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era. By Larry Ham- berlin. New York: Oxford University Press, 2011. ISBN-13: 9780195338928. Hardcover. Pp. i, 336. $27.95. Larry Hamberlin explores an area of early twentieth-century music that has never before been highlighted: popular songs that rely upon audience familiarity with the arias, characters, and celebrated performers of famous operas. This subgenre of popular song emerged from the special circumstances of that time; as those conditions are unlikely to reoccur, we are unlikely to see its reappearance. There would be no point to it; understanding the operatic references is a key to enjoying much of what the songs have to say. Many of the songs are humorous, but for the uninformed audience the jokes would fall flat. During the first two decades

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American MusicUniversity of Illinois Press

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