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Block, Geoffrey Holden 1948-

Works: 39 works in 182 publications in 1 language and 14,742 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Discographies  Bibliography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Editor
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Most widely held works by Geoffrey Holden Block
Enchanted evenings : the Broadway musical from Show boat to Sondheim by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

34 editions published between 1997 and 2014 in English and held by 2,599 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic musicals of Broadway can provide us with truly enchanted evenings. But while many of us can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. In Enchanted Evenings, Geoffrey Block offers theatre lovers an illuminating behind-the- scenes tour of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadways Golden Era. He provides a documentary history of fourteen musicals in all showing how each work took shape and revealing, at the same time, production by production, how the American musical evolved from the 1920s to the early 1960s, and beyond. The book's particular focus is on the music, offering a wealth of detail about how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Drawing on manuscript material such as musical sketches, autograph manuscripts, pre-production librettos and lyric drafts, Block blends this close attention to the nuances of musical composition and stagecraft with social commentary and backstage anecdotes. Opening night reviews and accounts of critical and popular response to subsequent revivals show how particular musicals have adapted to changing times and changing audiences, shedding light on why many of these innovative shows are still performed in high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, while others, languish in comparative obscurity. Includes a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows.--From publisher's description
Jerome Kern by Stephen Banfield( )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 2,083 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A founding father of the modern American musical, Jerome Kern (1885-1945) was the composer of legions of popular songs, including such standards as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Ol' Man River." His 1927 Show Boat with Oscar Hammerstein II helped to set a new standard for musical theater." "This book is the first to provide a critical overview of Kern's musical accomplishments throughout his career. Stephen Banfield ranges from Broadway, to Hollywood, and to London's West End, drawing on unpublished manuscripts and scores to assess the composer's extraordinary oeuvre." "Kern's life, personality, and working methods are given due attention, as is the development of his work from the early musical comedies through the collaborations with Hammerstein and P.G. Wodehouse up to the later film scores. Banfield focuses especially on the musical and lyrical structures of Kern's compositions, illuminating beloved works and shedding light on compositions often overlooked."--Jacket
Andrew Lloyd Webber by John Snelson( )

13 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 2,031 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the career of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his influence in films, rock, and pop music and surveys his life story and commercial success
Richard Rodgers by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

16 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 1,988 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sigmund Romberg by William A Everett( )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 1,844 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) arrived in America in 1909 and within eight years had achieved his first hit musical on Broadway. This early success was soon followed by others, and in the 1920s his popularity in musical theater was unsurpassed. In this book. William Everett offers the first detailed study of the gifted operetta composer, examining Romberg's key works and musical accomplishments and demonstrating his lasting importance in the history of American musicals."--Jacket
The Richard Rodgers reader( )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 1,640 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Richard Rodgers was one of America's most prolific and best-loved composers. A world without "My Funny Valentine," "The Lady is a Tramp," "Blue Moon," and "Bewitched," to name just a few of the songs he wrote with Lorenz Hart, is scarcely imaginable, and the musicals he wrote with his second collaborator, Oscar Hammerstein--Oklahoma!, Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, and The Sound of Music--continue to enchant and entertain audiences. Arranged in four sections, Rodgers and Hart (1929-1943), Rodgers and Hammerstein (1943-1960), Rodgers After Hamme
Ives, Concord sonata : piano sonata no. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-1860") by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

22 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 776 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Ives's massive Concord Sonata, his second sonata for piano, named after the town of Concord in Massachusetts, is central to his output and clearly reflects his aesthetic perspective. Geoffrey Block's wide-ranging account of the work thus provides an ideal introduction to this fascinating composer. As well as a discussion of the Sonata's reception history from 1920 to the present, and a chapter on its compositional genesis, this handbook includes a detailed narrative of the motivic content and a historical and analytical survey of the work's borrowings, both certifiable and newly proposed. The programmatic element of the Sonata is explored in the context of Ives's personal vision of four literary subjects associated with the town of Concord between 1840 and 1860: Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts and Thoreau."--Jacket
Charles Ives and the classical tradition( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 627 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Although Charles Ives has long been viewed as the quintessential American composer, he placed himself in the European classical tradition, drew on it heavily for his aesthetic philosophy and musical techniques, and extended it to create something new. This book illuminates Ives's music by comparing it with that of other composers in Europe and the United States
Charles Ives : a bio-bibliography by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 578 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiencing Beethoven : a listener's companion by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

8 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiencing Beethoven, music historian Geoffrey Block explores in layman's terms a highly representative body of about two dozen Beethoven instrumental and vocal works, offering listeners who know him well, or are just discovering him, an opportunity to grasp the breadth and depth of his musical genius. Experiencing Beethoven places the composer's works within the evolving context of his personal and professional life and social and cultural milieu. Block sheds light on the public and private audiences of Beethoven's music, from the concerts for the composer's own financial benefit to the debut of the "Eroica" Symphony at the palace of Prince Lobkowitz to the historic public premiere of his Ninth Symphony. Experiencing Beethoven paints a portrait of the composer's youth in Bonn, his early triumphs and artistic maturation in Vienna, and--despite the challenges his music posed to his contemporaries--the recognition he received during his lifetime as the most acclaimed composer of the era. Block conveys the range and scope of Beethoven's achievement, from his heroic style to his lyricism, grappling throughout with the composer's power to communicate his idealistic musical vision to listeners in both his time and ours. Finally, Experiencing Beethoven explores why Beethoven's music continues to enjoy an unwavering appeal in an age saturated with a range of musical styles [Publisher description]
Schubert's reputation from his time to ours by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Richard Rodgers reader( Book )

13 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 54 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genesis of Beethoven's piano concertos in C major (op. 15) and B-flat major (op. 19) : chronology and compositional process by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1985 in English and held by 20 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heart & soul : the life and music of Frank Loesser( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the life and career of Frank Loesser, composer and lyricist who wrote hundreds of popular songs, contributed tunes to movies, and is best remembered for his Broadway musicals, such as Guys and dolls, The most happy fella, and How to succeed in business without really trying. Includes archival footage of Loesser, clips from films with which he was associated, and excerpts from interviews with family members, friends, colleagues, musicologists, etc
Violin sonata no. 4 ; Concord sonata by Charles Ives( Recording )

1 edition published in 2017 and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ives by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Cambridge companion to the musical by Katherine K Preston( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptations and transformations : before 1940. American musical theatre before the twentieth century / Katherine K. Preston ; Non-English-language musical theatre in the United States / John Koegel ; Birth pangs, growing pains and sibling rivalry : musical theatre in New York, 1900-1920 / Orly Leah Krasner ; American and British operetta in the 1920s : romance, nostalgia and adventure / William A. Everett ; Images of African Americans : African-American musical theatre, Showboat, and Porgy and Bess / John Graziano ; The melody (and the words) linger on : American musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s / Geoffrey Block -- Maturations and formulations : 1940-1970. We said we wouldnt look back : British musical theatre, 1935-1960 / John Snelson ; The coming of the musical play : Rodgers and Hammerstein / Ann Sears ; The successors of Rodgers and Hammerstein from the 1940s to the 1960s / Thomas L. Riis and Ann Sears ; Musical sophistication on Broadway : Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein / Bruce D. McClung and Paul R. Laird -- Evolutions and integrations : after 1970. Stephen Sondheim and the musical of the outsider / Jim Lovensheimer ; Choreographers, directors and the fully integrated musical / Paul R. Laird ; From Hair to Rent : is rock a four-letter word on Broadway? / Scott Warfield ; The megamusical : the creation, internationalisation and impact of a genre / Paul Prece and William A. Everett ; Something borrowed, something blue : the marriage of the musical and Europe / Judith Sebesta ; New horizons : the musical at the dawn of the twenty-first century / Bud Coleman -- Legacies and transformations. Why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden? Examining the film musical / Graham Wood ; Revisiting classic musicals : revivals, film, television and recordings / Jessica Sternfeld ; The creation of a Broadway musical : Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, and Wicked / Paul R. Laird
The Richard Rodgers Reader (Readers on American Musicians) by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Undetermined and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ives and the "Sounds that Beethoven didn't have" by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected reviews 1888-1951( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Richard Rodgers
Jerome KernAndrew Lloyd WebberRichard RodgersSigmund RombergThe Richard Rodgers readerIves, Concord sonata : piano sonata no. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-1860")Charles Ives and the classical traditionCharles Ives : a bio-bibliography
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