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Lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II


by Oscar Hammerstein II

Other authors: Richard Rodgers (Preface)

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Hammerstein provides a collection of his Lyrics, dedicated "To Dorothy, the song is you". Excludes the lyrics written in collaboration with Otto Harbach, these words were put to music by the composer, Richard Rogers, who writes a Preface. Also, the songs written with Jerome Kern.

Hammerstein introduces the collection with practical and lucid "Notes" on how musicals are crafted. He provides the best explanation I have ever read in answer to the question, "Which comes first, the words or the music?" (!)

"Oklahoma!", "State Fair", "Carousel", "Allegro", "South Pacific". With Jerome Kern, "Show Boat", "Music in the Air" and others. With music by Georges Bizet, "Carmen Jones". And songs with Sigmund Romberg.

Some of the best poetry ever written. And, set to music!

Sample: From "The Last Time I saw Paris"
Her streets are where they were
But there's no sign of her--
She has left the Seine.

And after seeing a couple on Santa Monica beach:
Close enough to beauty I have been,
And, in all the whole wide land,
Here's the sweetest sight that I have seen--
One old couple walking hand in hand. ( )
  keylawk | Feb 24, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0881883794, Hardcover)

This volume, edited by William Hammerstein, encompasses lyrics from Oscar Hammerstein's entire canon; from the early "Indian Love Call" written in 1924 with Otto Harbach and Rudolph Friml, to his final song, "Edelweiss," written with his long-time collaborator Richard Rodgers in 1959. Oscar Hammerstein's introduction, Notes on Lyrics, has been an acknowledged classic text for musical theatre enthusiasts since 1949 and remains a definitive work today. To say Oscar Hammerstein II made a significant contribution to the art of lyric-writing is understating the case. He, with his lyrics, and his collaborators, with their music, rewove the fabric of the musical theatre for all time.

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