The story of the creation of the song “God Bless America” (“Lord Bless America”) – an unofficial anthem of the United States
This man in America became what Isaac Dunaevsky was in the USSR. The celebration of Irwin Berlin on his 100th birthday marked a big concert at Carnegie Hall, which was attended by Leonard Bernstein, Isaac Stern, Frank Sinatra and other celebrities. In his creative luggage – music for 19 Broadway musicals, 18 films, in total, about 1000 songs were written. Moreover, 450 of them are famous hits, 282 were among the top ten in popularity, and 35 were honored to make up the immortal song heritage of America. And one of them – “God Bless America” - gained the status of an unofficial anthem of the United States.
GOD BLESS AMERICA LAND THAT I LOVE …
2001, September 11 – the day of the American tragedy. An emergency meeting with the participation of the Senate and members of the US Congress was called upon to discuss the situation. After short disturbing speeches, the hall froze for a while. All those present began whispering to utter the words of mournful prayer for people whose lives were cut short by a terrible tragedy. One of the senators said louder than others: “Lord, bless America, the land that I love …” and hundreds of people caught his voice. A patriotic song sounded that Irving Berlin wrote while still serving in the army. God Bless America After 20 years, he created her new version, which was sung by American veterans of the 2nd World War, sang it in the rear, it sounds today, when they celebrate national holidays.
THE GREAT COMPOSER WHO DIDN’T KNOW THE MUSIC …
His real name is Israel Beilin. The father of the future celebrity was a cantor in the Mogilev synagogue. In search of a better life, the family came to New York, but my father died three years later. The boy spent 2 years behind the school bench and was forced to sing on the street in Eastside to earn a living. At the age of 19, he wrote the words for his first song, which was published. But through the annoying mistake of the typesetter, the author is named Irving Berlin. And this name subsequently became the composer’s pseudonym until the end of his long life. The young man had absolutely no command of musical notation, mastering music by ear. He wrote it in a peculiar way, playing a melody to his pianist assistants. Used only black keys. Since the composer never played notes, Berlin music notes simply do not exist. The notes for this printable song are
HERE THE MAIN SONG OF LIFE.
For obtaining American citizenship, military service followed. In 1918, Irving wrote his first patriotic musical, Yip Yip – Yaphank, and God Bless America was written for his finale in the form of a solemn prayer. Later its name was used in the headlines of several famous books and films. The song lay in the archive … twenty years. Her slightly revised, for the first time on the radio singer Kate Smith performs. And this song immediately becomes a sensation: the whole country sings it with special reverence. In 2002, the hit “God Bless America” was performed by Martina McBride and she became something like her business card. When performing this masterpiece in large stadiums and in concert halls, thousands of people reverently stand up. For this song, Irving Berlin received the Military Merit medal from the hands of US President Harry Truman. Another President Eisenhower awarded the songwriter the Congressional Gold Medal, and Ford, the third American President, presented the Liberty Medal. On the occasion of the centennial of Irwin Berlin, a stamp was posted at the US Post Office, where his portrait was posted on the background of the text “God Bless America”.
A CARING SON AND A LOVING WIFE
World recognition was followed by fame and money. The first thing he bought was housing for his mother. Once she brought her to the Bronx to settle in a beautiful apartment. The son loved his mother very much and treated her with great respect until the end of her days. Over his bed his whole life hung a portrait of the one that gave him life. Irwin Berlin’s first marriage was short. His wife Dorothy, during a honeymoon (his couple spent in Cuba), contracted typhoid and soon died. 14 years of widowhood and a new marriage. Irwin’s chosen one – the daughter of millionaire Helen Mackay terminated the engagement with a well-known lawyer, preferring a talented musician. For 62 years this couple lived in a happy marriage. A year after the death of her dearly beloved wife, the life path of Irwin Berlin himself ended. He was not a Native American, but he honored his song and blessed America wholeheartedly.