song·​book | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌbu̇k How to pronounce songbook (audio) \

Definition of songbook

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

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Starting with Olivo’s Satine and Tveit’s Christian, and continuing through Tam Mutu’s dastardly Duke and Sahr Ngaujah’s affecting Toulouse-Lautrec, the voices gift-wrap the songbook in consistent pleasurability. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "Will you love ‘Moulin Rouge!’ as a stage musical? Well, you’ll certainly fall in like.," 25 July 2019 Fiddler on the Roof is an essential part of Broadway traditions at this point — as crucial to the American songbook and stage as Oklahoma or West Side Story. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles trailer previews the story of the musical's unlikely journey to Broadway classic," 12 June 2019 In all, this work stands as a high point in Kahane’s songbook and a tantalizing hint of what may yet be ahead. Howard Reich,, "Grant Park Orchestra review: Kahane’s ‘Emergency Shelter’ gets a brilliant Midwest premiere," 6 July 2019 Willie Nelson & Family and Alison Krauss The elder statesman (and freest spirit) of country music takes on the American songbook with help from son Lukas and others. Chris Kaltenbach,, "Things to do in Baltimore this week: Dragon Boat Challenge, Chesapeake Crab, Wine & Beer Festival and more," 16 June 2019 The real payoff here is the songbook of variations on the theme — from easy listening to sensuous R&B to grinding death metal. Michael Andor Brodeur,, "Revolutionary airports, viral nuts, plastic wrap, and more from the week online," 5 July 2019 The legendary songbook of Johnny Cash comes to life in Actors Theatre of Louisville show. Gege Reed, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville shows this week: Patton Oswalt, Death Cab for Cutie & more," 5 July 2019 Singers gathered in Judge Boohaker’s courtroom on the third floor of the Jefferson County Courthouse and sang from The Sacred Harp, a beloved shape note songbook which has been in publication since 1844. Anna Beahm |,, "Sacred Harp singing returns to the Jefferson County Courthouse after more than 60 years," 30 June 2019 Rocketman’ The Elton John songbook gets the biopic/jukebox musical treatment. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "Fourth of July movie guide: The 11 biggest films to keep you entertained after the fireworks," 26 June 2019

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First Known Use of songbook

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of songbook

: a book that contains the music and words to songs

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