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Tin Pan Opera: Operatic Novelty Songs in the Ragtime Era

Larry Hamberlin


The years between 1900 and 1920 mark a moment of change in the relations between opera and popular music in the United States, a midpoint between the intimate connection of the nineteenth century and the widening gulf of the later twentieth century. This book describes Tin Pan Alley songs that quote operatic melodies, describe opera singers or operatic characters, or in other ways allude to operatic culture. These verbal and musical allusions illuminate social issues that the songs address either indirectly or directly in a comical way, as novelties. Part 1 considers songs that use Italian ope ... More

Keywords: opera, ragtime, Tin Pan Alley, popular music, immigration, feminism, Salome, Madama Butterfly, ethnicity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780195338928
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195338928.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Larry Hamberlin, author
Middlebury College

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