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The Richard Rodgers reader

Author: Geoffrey Holden Block
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002.
Series: Readers on American musicians.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : EnglishView all editions and formats
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  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Richard Rodgers reader.
Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2002
Named Person: Richard Rodgers; Richard Rodgers; Richard Rodgers; Richard Rodgers
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Geoffrey Holden Block
ISBN: 0195139542 9780195139549 9786610834839 6610834830
OCLC Number: 47100604
Description: xii, 356 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: pt. 1 Rodgers and Hart, 1919-1943 : The age of Rodgers and Hart / Ethan Mordden --
"My heart stood still" : Gerald Mast ; Richard Rodgers ; Philip Furia ; Alec Wilder ; Allen Forte --
from Letters to Dorothy, 1926-1937 and A Personal Book / Dorothy Rodgers --
Chee-Chee, the castration musical / Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart --
Cover story : "The boys from Columbia" / Time Magazine --
"Words and music : Rodgers and Hart" / Margaret Case Harriman --
Pal Joey : drawing "sweet water from a foul well" / Brooks Atkinson --
"Not a few of his songs were left on the cutting room floor" / Stanley Green --
Remembering Rodgers and Hart / Oscar Hammerstein. pt. 2 Rodgers and Hammerstein, 1943-1960 : "As corny as Kansas in August, as restless as a willow in a windstorm" / Gerald Mast --
"The work that changed the form" / Ethan Mordden --
The theatre guild presents Oklahoma! and Carousel / Lawrence Langner --
"R. and H." / Agnes De Mille --
"What is a Richard Rodgers?" / Joshua Logan --
"There's hope for everyone" / Mary Martin --
The art of adaptation / Lehman Engel --
Rethinking Pal Joey / Brooks Atkinson --
"The American musical" / Eric Bentley --
"The musical stage" / George Jean Nathan --
"Moving in the direction of opera" / Leonard Bernstein --
A few favorite things about Rodgers with Hammerstein / Alec Wilder --
"The nicest guys in show business" / Cleveland Amory --
"Introduction" to Richard Rodgers / David Ewen. pt. 3 Rodgers after Hammerstein, 1960-1979 : "You can't force it" / Winthrop Sargeant --
"Rodgers without Hammerstein" / Arthur Gelb, Barbara Gelb --
"Richard Rodgers is calling" / Diahann Carroll --
"The less said, the better" / Craig Zadan --
"The plot against musicals" / Walter Kerr --
The perils of producing Rex / Richard Adler --
Anatomy of a flop : Pipe Dream, Do I Hear a Waltz?, Rex, and I Remember Mama / Ken Mandelbaum --
"Overture" to Richard Rodgers / William G. Hyland --
"Introduction" to Musical Stages / Mary Rodgers Guettel. pt. 4 The composer speaks, 1939-1971 : "How to write music in no easy lessons : A Self Interview" [1939] --
"Introduction" to The Rodgers and Hart Song Book [1951] --
"Jerome Kern : a tribute" [1951] --
"Pal Joey : history of a 'heel'" [1951] --
"The right to revive" (or "Revive and let live") [1954] --
"Cancer? I've had it!" [1957] --
"Introduction" (with Oscar Hammerstein) to The Rodgers and Hammerstein Song Book [1958] --
"Hammerstein : words by Rodgers" [1960] --
"Opera and Broadway" [1961] --
"Now the musical theater is enshrined" [1964] --
"A composer looks at his lyricists" [1967] --
Reminiscences of Richard Rodgers [1969] : Pal Joey ; Endings and beginnings ; Words and Music ; Allegro ; South Pacific ; Pipe Dream ; Flower Drum Song ; The Sound of Music ; No Strings ; Do I hear a waltz? --
"The Broadway audience is still there, waiting for more good shows" [1971].
Series Title: Readers on American musicians.
Responsibility: edited by Geoffrey Block.
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Arranged in four sections, this collection offers informative, biographical and critical overviews. It also contains a selection of Rodgers's letters to his wife Dorothy, and concludes with  Read more...


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