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Settling the Score

Dominic McHugh

in Loverly

Published in print July 2012 | ISBN: 9780199827305
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950225 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.003.0005

Series: Broadway Legacies

                   Settling the Score

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This chapter starts to analyze the musical numbers that were used in My Fair Lady. It provides a discussion of the different types of musical sources available for the show—including arrangers’ scores, copyists’ scores, orchestrators’ scores, and the composer’s scores—and explains how they can be employed to reconstruct the creative processes involved in writing the music. It also discusses different ways of analyzing the implications of these processes, including possibly reasons for adding, removing or changing material. The focus of the chapter is the sources for the songs performed by Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, which hint at the theme of romantic ambiguity (as introduced in Chapter 3).

Keywords: Eliza Doolittle; Henry Higgins; My Fair Lady; orchestrators; copyists; scores

Chapter.  12162 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Popular Music ; American Music

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