Canal March

The Origins of Popular Song (I). Barbershop

Forefront, Barbershop quartet

Works by D. Ellington, S. Wonder, D. Gates, M. Love, B. Wilson, B. Johnson, L. Pauling, R. Bass, É. Piaf, M. Monnot, J. McCree, A. von Tilzer, S. Gorrell, H. Carmichael, S. Young, G. Gershwin, J. Herman, J. van Heusen, S. Cahn and S. Wohlers

Barbershop music is a style of singing without instrumental accompaniment in which the melody is not performed by the highest voice. Made famous in the United States between 1895 and 1930, in subsequent decades its popularity declined in favour of jazz. Nevertheless, these specialised vocal quartets never disappeared from the American market.

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