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