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Coda

Frederick Nolan

in Lorenz Hart

Published in print March 1996 | ISBN: 9780195102895
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853212 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195102895.003.0039
Coda

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It would have been a squalid end to the story, but for the fact that the story has no end. In the years following Lorenz Hart'ss death — and to what was often Richard Rodgers's intense annoyance — the music of Rodgers and Hart became and has gone on growing increasingly popular. The renaissance began five years after Hart's death with Arthur Freed's MGM film biography, Word and Music, and has continued to the present day. Even people to whom the names Rodgers and Hart mean nothing know “The Lady Is A Tramp,” “My Funny Valentine,” and many more of their songs. Few of these people either know, or care, that the man who wrote the words virtually changed the craft of lyric writing singlehanded. Hart brought to lyric writing not just his erudition but his own wit and charm, in a way that seems always spontaneous and effortless. Equally significant was his contribution to the musical theatre.

Keywords: Lorenz Hart; death; Richard Rodgers; music; Arthur Freed; film biography; lyric writing; musical theater

Chapter.  2326 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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