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Irving Berlin was born in Russia in 1888. This composer belonged to the Popular Modern period, and died in 1989. Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin (born Israel Isidore Baline; May 11, 1888 – September 22, 1989) was a Russian-born American composer and lyricist, widely considered one of the greatest songwriters in American history. His music forms a great part of the Great American Songbook. Born into a Jewish family in Imperial Russia, Berlin arrived in the United States at the age of five. He published his first song, "Marie from Sunny Italy", in 1907, receiving 33 cents for the publishing rights, and had his first major international hit, "Alexander's Ragtime Band" in 1911. He also was an owner of the Music Box Theatre on Broadway.

 "Alexander's Ragtime Band" sparked an international dance craze in places as far away as Berlin's native Russia, which also "flung itself into the ragtime beat with an abandon bordering on mania." Over the years he was known for writing music and lyrics in the American vernacular: uncomplicated, simple and direct, with his stated aim being to "reach the heart of the average American," whom he saw as the "real soul of the country." In doing so, said Walter Cronkite, at Berlin's 100th birthday tribute, he "helped write the story of this country, capturing the best of who we are and the dreams that shape our lives."

He wrote hundreds of songs, many becoming major hits, which made him "a legend" before he turned thirty. During his 60-year career he wrote an estimated 1,500 songs, including the scores for 19 Broadway shows and 18 Hollywood films, with his songs nominated eight times for Academy Awards. Many songs became popular themes and anthems, including "Easter Parade", "White Christmas", "Always", and "Dancing Cheek to Cheek". Source - Wikipedia.


Works written by Berlin      
Audio is available for 4 tunes by this composer.
      
No.Name of WorkCategoryEnsembleSoloInstrument
1 Alexander's Ragtime BandJazzTrad Jazz BandTrumpet
2 AlwaysWaltzRhythm ComboPiano
3 Blue SkiesJazzBig BandSaxAlto
4 Cheek to CheekPopular SongsSoloPiano
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