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Irving Berlin&Acute;S Life In Connection With The American Dream

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1. ForewordWhen I heard the song "White Christmas" and discerned that this song is performed by so many famous artists I questioned myself who wrote that apparently timeless song. When I got the answer that it was Irving Berlin who wrote and composed this song I gleaned that he was one of the most successful songwirters in America and had dominated the music professesion for more than thirty years. In the following pages I want you to get an overview of his career and to point out what exactly makes his songs timeless .To illustrate this aspect of timelessness I will analyse two of his most popular songs to find out the allurement of them. The third aspect of my work is to ascertain in what way Irving Berlin fullfilled American Dream and how and under what conditions he wrote his songs.2. Irving Berlin2.1 Irving Berlin´s life and his career as a songwriterIsrael Bailin was born on May 11, 1888 and lived as the youngest boy of eight siblings and his parents in Sibirea, Russia. His exact birthplace is still unknown. The jewish family had to emigrate out of Russia because of the reestablished policy of anti-Semitism by the new Czar. When Israel was 5 years old he and his family traveled to America. There they lived as one family of more than one-half million immigrants in a small tentment on the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York. Although it was an extreme change from life in Russia, Israel soon began to accommodate into the way of American life and earned some money among his schooldays. As a singing newspaper boy and by helping his father singing in the synagogue he discerned that his voice was more valuable in earning money than his other jobs. With fourteen years, not to be a burden for his family which had lost its father he decided to live on his own. He merited his livelihood as a busker and song plugger. To enhance his gainings he started to write songs for some music publisher. His first song was published in 1907 accidentelly under the name "Irving Berlin" which was his pseudonym since that time. Regardless of his lacking musical and pianistic schooling he composed many songs as a contributor of Waterson and Snyder. The first international hit that was penned by him was "Alexander´s Ragtime Band" and sold more than two million copies of sheet music and his song "Everybody Doin´it now" finally leverged him in the top of the music writing profession. At the age of twentythree he became a partner Walterson and Snyder, the music producer firm he worked before. In the same year he married his first wife Dorothy Goetz who died in honeymoon because of typhoid fever. After having become an citizen of The United State he was drafted into the army.he went on writing songs and score music and was the most succesful music producer in the 30´s and early 40´s. He won innumerable awards and composed the best selling christmas song ever in 1942, "White Christmas". When his last songs flopped in the end of the 40s...

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