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Definition of songbook

: a collection of songs specifically : a book containing vocal music (such as hymns)

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Recent Examples on the Web Appropriately, the leading interpreters of the songbook tend to place great emphasis on spontaneity and something akin to improvisation. Will Friedwald, WSJ, "The Staying Inside Guide: Infinitely Interpretable," 1 July 2020 The Hollywood actress Kathleen Turner will appear this fall in a biographical show at the Broadway Playhouse in Chicago, mixing stories of her rich celebrity career with musical numbers from the American songbook. Chris Jones,, "Kathleen Turner and parody of ‘The Office’ both coming to Chicago," 30 Sep. 2019 There is a connection to the songbook of Billy Joel, whom Schlesinger admired. Jody Rosen, The New Yorker, "Adam Schlesinger’s Incandescent Songwriting Talent," 3 Apr. 2020 His songbook transcended era and genre, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Sarah Brookbank,, "Coronavirus in Ohio, Kentucky: antibody test, when will it peak, nursing homes, prisoners," 8 Apr. 2020 His songbook transcended era and genre, earning him a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and place in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. Jessica Flores, USA TODAY, "Coronavirus live updates: US death toll nears 13K; Los Angeles to require face masks; jubilant Wuhan, China marks end of lockdown," 8 Apr. 2020 In his decades-deep songbook, his lyrics rarely feel like vehicles for moving melody. Chris Richards, Washington Post, "Dan Bejar is not here to comfort you," 10 Mar. 2020 The lyrics of their songbook boomed around the stadium: the ones that crowed over past triumphs, the ones that reminded United of the way power has switched not just in Manchester, but in English soccer as a whole over the last decade or so. Rory Smith, New York Times, "The Bruno Fernandes Effect: How Manchester United Turned the Tables," 8 Mar. 2020 The group sang selections from the Sondheim songbook, as well as selections from Brown’s own catalog. Jessica Derschowitz,, "What you missed at Stephen Sondheim and Jason Robert Brown's incredible benefit show," 25 June 2019

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before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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11 Jul 2020

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“Songbook.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of songbook

: a book that contains the music and words to songs

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