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The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II

Oscar Hammerstein II

Verlag: Knopf, 2008
ISBN 10: 0375413588 / ISBN 13: 9780375413582
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Titel: The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II

Verlag: Knopf

Erscheinungsdatum: 2008

Einband: Hardcover

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Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "Unexpected trivia is only one of the many pleasures of this book. Another is the chance to trace clearly and in detail the development of a remarkable artist across a 40-year career . . . No one [with even the slightest interest in how words are married to music] should fail to read and treasure this collection of the lyrics of one of the supreme masters of musical theater." John Steele Gordon, The New York Times "If a faulty memory trips up your shower-stall crooning, you need a copy of The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II . . . Amy Asch spent seven years tracking down every song written by Hammerstein (1895-1960) and determining the definitive lyric. For musical theater lovers, it''s a treasure chest of old favorites and unexpected gems." Tom Beer, Newsday "A show-music fan's delight." Minneapolis Star Tribune "A fabulous testament to Hammerstein's genius. Lavishly illustrated and scrupulously researched, this is a treasure for anyone who cares about 20th Century American poetry, theater and film." Keith Runyon, Louisville Courier-Journal "From his earliest efforts to 'The South of Music,' this incredible collection is nothing less than a celebration of American theatrical genius." Larry Cox, The Tucson Citizen "An astounding collection . . . remarkable." Matthew Murray, " The Complete Lyrics of Oscar Hammerstein II is, like its subjectand unlike its heroa musical in its own right." Daniel Elkind, The Jewish Forward "Anyone with a glancing interest in theater will be familiar with a few immortal phrases from "Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin' " or "Some Enchanted Evening." But this hefty, handsome volume reveals anew the breadth, range and sheer fecundity of a central figuremaybe the central figurein the evolution of the American musical theater. Hammerstein wrote revue songs, operettas, musical comedies and of course the musical plays, with Richard Rodgers, that changed the face of Broadway forever and are so crucial to the musical canon. The book contains 850 lyrics, a quarter previously unpublished, with deeply researched notes and commentary by Ms. Asch that add color and context, although the limpid poetry of Hammerstein's best lyrics needs little of either to shine." Charles Isherwood, The New York Times "Hammerstein drew on patterns that had existed long before [his] birth: a sentimental love of the l a passion for social justice, predicated on faith in the innate goodness of ordinary folk; a canny awareness of the comedy inherent in the basic human tropes of man and woman, parent and child, boss and underling; and an earnest reverence for the mysteries of life. Hammerstein combined these familiar elements into something new, producing works that swept the world, entered the vernacular, and lodged permanently in the public mind. . . . In The Complete Lyrics , edited with painstaking thoroughness by Amy Asch, Hammerstein found ideas that even people unimaginably remote from Broadway's sensibility could share." Michael Feingold, The Village Voice "Oscar Hammerstein flew on a bright cloud of music for his entire career . . . Everyone has a line of Hammerstein's washing around in the back of his brain. [Hammerstein] expanded the boundaries of the American theater song, past the narrow urban wit of the rhymesters. When he worked with Sigmund Romberg, the old goulash-peddler would run through the lyric and at the end say only: 'It fits.' Hammerstein came to see that that perfunctory acknowledgement was, in fact, high praisethat that was the most important thing about any lyric. It might also be poetry, but first it had to 'fit.' Hammerstein's words always fit." Mark Steyn, The New Criterion "Catnip for people who love musicals . . . I just love this book." Bill Goldstein ( "This one requires some heavy lifting. It''s an oversize, 422-page beaut that would make a knockout gift for any lover of Broadway show tunes and c. Buchnummer des Verkäufers ABE_book_new_0375413588

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Inhaltsangabe: From every ?beautiful mornin?? to ?some enchanted evening,? the songs of Oscar Hammerstein II are part of our daily lives, his words part of our national fabric.

Born into a theatrical dynasty headed by his grandfather and namesake, Oscar Hammerstein II breathed new life into the moribund art form of operetta by writing lyrics and libretti for such classics as Rose-Marie (music by Rudolf Friml), The Desert Song (Sigmund Romberg), The New Moon (Romberg) and Song of the Flame (George Gershwin). Hammerstein and Jerome Kern wrote eight musicals together, including Sweet Adeline, Music in the Air, and their masterpiece, Show Boat. The vibrant Carmen Jones was Hammerstein?s all-black adaptation of the tragic opera by Georges Bizet.

In 1943, Hammerstein, pioneer in the field of operetta, joined forces with Richard Rodgers, who had for the previous twenty-five years taken great strides in the field of musical comedy with his longtime writing partner, Lorenz Hart. The first Rodgers and Hammerstein work, Oklahoma!, merged the two styles into a completely new genre?the musical play?and simultaneously launched the most successful partnership in American musical theater. Over the next seventeen years, Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote eight more Broadway musicals: Carousel, Allegro, South Pacific, The King and I, Me and Juliet, Pipe Dream, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music. They also wrote a movie musical (State Fair) and one for television (Cinderella). Collectively their works have earned dozens of awards, including Pulitzers, Tonys, Oscars, Grammys, and Emmys.

Throughout his career, Hammerstein created works of lyrical beauty and universal feeling, and he continually strove?sometimes against fashion?to seek out the good and beautiful in the world. ?I know the world is filled with troubles and many injustices,? he once said. ?But reality is as beautiful as it is ugly . . . I just couldn?t write anything without hope in it.?

All of his lyrics are here?850, more than a quarter published for the first time?in this sixth book in the indispensable Complete Lyrics series that has also brought us the lyrics of Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Ira Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Frank Loesser. From the young scribe?s earliest attempts to the old master?s final lyric??Edelweiss??we can see, read, and, yes, sing the words of a theatrical and lyrical genius.

Über den Autor: Amy Asch, an archivist and researcher, worked on The Complete Lyrics of Irving Berlin and an expanded edition of The Complete Lyrics of Lorenz Hart. She contributed to the PBS documentary Broadway: The American Musical and prepared the catalog of works for the estate of the composer Jonathan Larson (Rent). Currently an editor of the Playbill Broadway Yearbook, she lives in New York City.

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