Definition of Tin Pan Alley in English:

Tin Pan Alley

proper noun

  • 1The name given to a district in New York (28th Street, between 5th Avenue and Broadway) where many songwriters, arrangers, and music publishers were formerly based.

    1. 1.1[as noun], [usually as modifier]The world of composers and publishers of popular music.
      • ‘Under the influence of Andrew Oldham, a Tin Pan Alley apprentice who was only 19 when he followed up a tip and went to see them at the Crawdaddy club in Richmond, they had begun writing their own songs.’
      • ‘As music industry insiders often bought their first guitar strings in one of the numerous music-related shops, it is London's Tin Pan Alley.’
      • ‘Among the important factors in the rise of Tin Pan Alley was the rapid growth of vaudeville.’
      • ‘Be sure to bookmark this page and return in about 10 days to read about one of the other Tin Pan Alley publishers.’
      • ‘In The Tin Pan Alley Rag Scott Joplin brings his opera Treemonisha to Irving Berlin in hopes of getting him to help get it published.’


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