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