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Washington DC is the capital of USA, whose area is 9,809,378 square kilometres, and its population is 274,028,000 people.
United States of America

The history of music in the USA is quite different from that in Europe.  The Pilgrim fathers took their English monophonic hymns with them when they settled New England, and they discouraged instruments and richly elaborate music in their churches.  However, secular music grew and flourished, not under the patronage of wealthy aristocrats, but on strictly commercial lines, responding to the public demand, to the music marketplace.

In the 19th century, musical concerts by outdoor and indoor wind-bands became a major form of entertainment. Pre-eminent in this movement was John Philip Sousa.  Stephen Foster was a composer of popular songs which are extremely popular to this very day, regarded as part of American folk-music, although it is composed music. In New York, the Metropolitan Opera was founded in 1883, and today it is one of the most famous opera theatres in the world.   Edward McDowell emerged as a composer of beautiful piano works with an American flavour. 

Aaron Copland started trying to write avant-garde art music in the abstract style of many 20th century European composers, but without aristocratic or state patronage, the music marketplace made him change his style. Subsequently he has captured American vitality in works such as Appalachian Spring, and Fanfare for the Common Man.

The influence on music in the USA of the black Americans who descended from the African slaves cannot be over-emphasized. Their music has evolved from early spirituals, through blues songs, ragtime piano tunes, and Dixieland jazz, to Big band music and a huge influence on today's popular music. Scott Joplin is the most famous composer of ragtime piano music, still widely played today.  George Gershwin is a great American composer who was equally capable of writing hit popular songs, and more serious works, such as his opera Porgy and Bess.

Tunes originating from USA. Audio is available for 97 tunes from this country.
  
No.Name of WorkComposerCategoryEnsemble
1 A Nightingale Sang in Berkely SquareVariousJazzBig Band
2 A Shanty in Old Shanty TownVariousJazzTrad Jazz Band
3 Adagio for strings, Op 11BarberShort PieceOrchestra
4 Ain't She SweetVariousPopular SongsOther Ensembles
5 Alexander's Ragtime BandBerlinJazzTrad Jazz Band
6 An American in Paris - 3rd theme (Blues)GershwinTone PoemOrchestra
7 Aura LeeVariousFolk SongChoir
8 Away in a MangerVariousSacredOther Ensembles
9 Bare NecessitiesVariousJazzTrad Jazz Band
10 Beautiful DreamerFosterFolk SongChoir
11 Belle of the BallAndersonWaltzOrchestra
12 Blue TangoAndersonShort PiecePops Orchestra
13 Camptown RacesFosterFolk SongSolo
14 Cape Cod GirlsVariousFolk SongSolo
15 CharmaineVariousWaltzPops Orchestra
16 Chattanooga Choo ChooVariousJazzBig Band
17 Christmas Jazz MedleyVariousJazzBig Band
18 Days of Wine and RosesVariousPopular SongsOrchestra
19 Deep PurpleVariousPopular SongsRhythm Combo
20 Don't get around muchEllingtonJazzRhythm Combo
21 Fanfare for the Common ManCoplandShort PieceOrchestra
22 Fascinating RhythmGershwinPopular SongsRhythm Combo
23 Forgotten DreamsAndersonShort PiecePops Orchestra
24 Happy BirthdayVariousPopular SongsSolo
25 Heart of my Heart (version 2)VariousJazzTrad Jazz Band
26 How About YouVariousPopular SongsRhythm Combo
27 I Dream of Jeannie with the Light Brown HairFosterFolk SongSolo
28 I got it BadEllingtonJazzRhythm Combo
29 I Got Rhythm (jazzy clarinet)GershwinJazzRhythm Combo
30 I'm in the Mood for LoveVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
31 Jingle BellsPierpontPopular SongsPops Orchestra
32 John Brown's BodyVariousFolk SongDuet
33 Lazy RiverVariousJazzBig Band
34 Let's Call The Whole Thing Off.GershwinJazzRhythm Combo
35 Liberty Bell MarchSousaMarchMilitary Band
36 Love is a many Splendored ThingVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
37 Lullaby of BirdlandVariousJazzRhythm Combo
38 Maple Leaf RagJoplinShort PieceSolo
39 Marching Through GeorgiaVariousFolk SongMilitary Band
40 Mary had a Little LambVariousNursery RhymesSolo
41 Michael Row the Boat AshoreVariousJazzTrad Jazz Band
42 Moonlight SerenadeVariousJazzBig Band
43 My Old Kentucky HomeFosterFolk SongSolo
44 New RagJoplinShort PieceDuet
45 Oh My Darling ClementineVariousFolk SongRhythm Combo
46 Oh SusannaFosterFolk SongRhythm Combo
47 Once in a WhileVariousPopular SongsRhythm Combo
48 Over the RainbowVariousPopular SongsOrchestra
49 Poor Old JoeFosterFolk SongDuet
50 Que Sera, SeraVariousWaltzPops Orchestra
51 Rampart Street ParadeVariousJazzRhythm Combo
52 Rhapsody in BlueGershwinConcertoOrchestra
53 Rock My SoulVariousJazzTrad Jazz Band
54 Roses are RedVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
55 Rudolph the Red-nosed ReindeerVariousPopular SongsSolo
56 Rumba from JamaicaVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
57 San FranVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
58 Santa Claus is Coming to TownVariousPopular SongsSolo
59 She'll be Coming Round the Mountain When She ComesVariousFolk SongTrad Jazz Band
60 Sleigh RideAndersonShort PiecePops Orchestra
61 Smoke gets in your EyesKernPopular SongsRhythm Combo
62 Snow White and the seven DwarfsVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
63 Someone to Watch Over MeGershwinPopular SongsRhythm Combo
64 South of the Border TangoVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
65 South PacificRodgersPopular SongsOrchestra
66 Spanish LadyVariousPopular SongsOther Ensembles
67 Summer TimeGershwinJazzPops Orchestra
68 Swing Low Sweet ChariotWallisFolk SongWind Chamber Groups
69 Syncopated ClockAndersonShort PiecePops Orchestra
70 Taking a Chance on LoveVariousPopular SongsRhythm Combo
71 Tea Cha ChaVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
72 The Easy WinnersJoplinShort PieceSolo
73 The EntertainerJoplinMiscellaneousOther Ensembles
74 The Lady is a TrampRodgersJazzBig Band
75 The Old Folks at Home (Way down upon the Swanee River)FosterFolk SongRhythm Combo
76 The Sound of MusicRodgersPopular SongsOrchestra
77 The Yellow Rose of TexasVariousFolk SongOther Ensembles
78 These Foolish ThingsVariousPopular SongsRhythm Combo
79 Three Coins in the FountainVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
80 To a Wild Rose (from Woodland Sketches) Op 51 No.1McDowellShort PieceSolo
81 When I Fall in LoveVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
82 When You Wish Upon a StarVariousPopular SongsPops Orchestra
83 Who's Sorry NowVariousPopular SongsTrad Jazz Band
84 Yankee Doodle DandyVariousFolk SongMilitary Band
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