His most important work and an unofficial national anthem.
Over a span of 50 years, Berlin produced an outpouring of songs that defined American popular music for much of the 20th century. Some of his standards included White Christmas, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin’ On The Ritz, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody and Easter Parade. In a class by itself...
Over a span of 50 years, Berlin produced an outpouring of songs that defined American popular music for much of the 20th century. Some of his standards included White Christmas, Cheek To Cheek, Puttin’ On The Ritz, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody and Easter Parade. In a class by itself is his beloved God Bless America, which the Library of Congress calls “America’s unofficial national anthem.”
Signed copies of his sheet music for this great classic are most uncommon, this being our first. A contractor that did work for Berlin at his Beekman Place home in Manhattan over a period of two decades came to know the composer quite well. In his later years Berlin, states the contractor, could be an irritable man and was not always in good temper. One day in 1979, after giving the contractor a hard time, Berlin sweetened it by asking if he would like a gift for his daughter. This is that gift, obtained by us directly from the recipient.
A 1966 edition of the sheet music for God Bless America, noting that the original was “copyright 1938” with the “First Performance by Kate Smith Armistice Day, 1938,” inscribed and signed “For Chrissy, Best Wishes and love, Irving Berlin 1979.”
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