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Irving Berlin

Author: Lida added 28-08-2012, 16:39
Irving Berlin
The song “God bless America”, which became, in fact, the unofficial anthem of the United States, has been written by immigrant from Belarus, Israel Berlin.

There are several possibilities concerning his birth city. It could be Tyumen (Tumen) or any one of several villages near the city of Mogilyov, Belarus. His father, a cantor in a synagogue, uprooted the family to America, as did many other Jewish families in the late 19th century. In 1893 they settled in New York City.

Life did not seem to promise much to immigrants. Berlin did not bring any money. That had to the fact that Irving after the end of the two classes of ordinary school go to work. On the streets of New York there were another thirteen seller of newspapers.

The first "profession" does not promise any good money, no prestige. I had to find new sources of additional earnings. So Izzy was singing in bars. Only for the tip. Wages did not rely.

The repertoire of the young singer was very diverse. One 19-year-old sang «Marie From Sunny Italy». It was a huge success. The song encored, and had more than once.

Song of the Italian Maria, if I may say so, heralded the birth of the composer. Then the song went, one after another - distinctive, melodious. Two years later, Berlin offered a position as "full-time composer," in a music company. A person who does not have special education! The case is extremely rare if not unique. Irving Berlin wrote, or rather to say, creating music that many decades later, for some reason, often referred to as a light - it is extremely serious, exciting, entertaining. Songs of Irving quickly scattered across the country, they sang and loved.

In 1918 Berlin wrote the music for the musical which later became the song “God bless America”. However, in the final version of the operetta has not got the melody. In 1938 he returned to this tune. He decided to write "peace" song, somewhat reworked version of the original and gave the finished product of the singer Kate Smith, who sang it on the radio. The song was first performed in 1938 (according to other sources in 1939) and was a phenomenal success.

The song «God, bless America» became the second major song in the country, unofficial anthem of the United States. She performed in the most difficult times for the country, it calls to love and cherish their homeland. It was written almost a century ago, however, is always up to date, always relevant. It could not be responsible thoughts and aspirations of Americans. By the way, Irving Berlin - author of music and text

However, without this song Berlin went down in history of music. He has written over 900 songs, 19 musicals and music for 18 films and became one of the most famous composers of the United States.

God bless America,
Land that I love,
Stand beside her and guide her
Through the night with a light from above.
From the mountains, to the prairies,
To the oceans white with foam
God bless America,
My home sweet home.

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