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"The Broadway Sound"

The Autobiography and Selected Essays of Robert Russell Bennett

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The remarkable career of composer-orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett [1894-1981] encompassed a wide variety of both "legitimate" and popular music-making in Hollywood, on Broadway, and for television. Bennett is principally responsible for what is known worldwide as the "Broadway sound" and for greatly elevating the status of the theater orchestrator. He worked alongside Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and Frederick Loewe on much of the Broadway canon, eventually providing orchestrations for all or part of more than 300 musicals between 1920 and 1975. This work is the first publication of Bennett's autobiography, which was written in the late 1970s. It also includes eight of his most important essays on the art of orchestration. George J. Ferencz is Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.

List of Photographsp. viii
List of Musical Examplesp. ix
Forewordp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xv
Editor's Introductionp. 1
The Autobiography of Robert Russell Bennett
Prologuep. 9
"Irving Berlin and I"
Musical snobbery
The Lady with the Red Dress
Abram Chasins and "talent"
Publisher Max Dreyfus
p. 13
The Bennett family tree
Poliomyelitis and other childhood memories
Moving from Kansas City to a Freeman, Missouri, farm
A boyhood of music and baseball
p. 29
Growing up in Freeman
High school graduation
Early experiences with girls
The Bennetts return to Kansas City
Playing for vaudeville and silent films
Study with Carl Busch
p. 42
To New York, 1916
Employment as copyist and arranger
Winifred Merrill's Musical Autograms
Army service during World War I
Courtship and marriage to Louise Merrill
Arranging at Harms, Inc.
Incidental music for Shakespeare and the Barrymores
Collaborations with Kern, Gershwin, et al.
An astrologer's guidance
p. 83
To Paris, 1926
Lessons with Nadia Boulanger
Beginning of a long association with Richard Rodgers
p. 97
Rodgers and Hart in London
Show Boat and Helen Morgan
Princess Charming and other London productions
A Guggenheim Fellowship
RCA's $25,000 composition contest
Paris, Berlin, and the Bennetts' return to New York
Vinton and Freedley
Gershwin and Girl Crazy
p. 118
To Hollywood, 1930
Two prizes from RCA
Leopold Stokowski
Oscar Hammerstein II, Irving Caesar, and other lyricists
Dietz and Schwartz
With Fritz Kreisler in Vienna
Maria Malibran staged at Juilliard
Sigmund Romberg
Henry Hadley and the NAACC
p. 151
Hollywood beckons again: Show Boat (1936)
Gershwin and Kern's Shall We Dance, Swing Time, A Damsel in Distress
Some late 1930s compositions--Hollywood, Eight Etudes, Enchanted Kiss
An encounter with Stravinsky
A bounty of band music for the 1939-40 New York World's Fair
Alfred Wallenstein
Louis and Annette Kaufman
Returning to New York
p. 176
Russell Bennett's Notebook (1940) and other adventures in network radio
Joseph Schillinger
A Symphonic Picture of "Porgy and Bess"
Oklahoma!
Carmen Jones and Billy Rose
Stars of the Future (radio)
Carousel
Annie Get Your Gun
Carnegie Hall (film)
The Goldman Band
Helen Keller
Marian Anderson
Robert Shaw
p. 208
Victory at Sea: arrangements for Arthur Fiedler
Oklahoma! on film
American Wind Symphony
Project 20 and NBC Television
My Fair Lady
Overture to an Imaginary Drama
Bells Are Ringing
Flower Drum Song
Marc Blitzstein's Juno
p. 235
The Sound of Music
Camelot
Cinderella
On a Clear Day You Can See Forever
Lincoln Center revivals, 1966 (Annie Get Your Gun and Show Boat)
Mata Hari
p. 240
Remembrances: Irving Berlin, Vincent Youmans, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Jerome Kern
p. 259
"The Bohemians"
Georges Enesco
Symphony #7 for Fritz Reiner
A collaboration with Rachmaninov
Moving to the Warwick Hotel
Some 1970s compositions
Editor's Epilogue
Epiloguep. 273
Eight Selected Essays
Orchestrating for Broadway (1933)p. 279
Orchestration of Theatre and Dance Music (late-1930s)p. 284
Backstage with the Orchestrator (1943)p. 293
A Pretty Girl Is Like a Melody (1944)p. 297
Eight Bars and a Pencil (1947)p. 301
All I Know about Arranging Music (1949)p. 305
On Writing Harp Music (1954)p. 317
Fools Give You Reasons (1967)p. 320
Afterword: A Tributep. 323
Selected Compositionsp. 325
Selected Concert Arrangementsp. 329
Selected Stage and Film Creditsp. 333
Selected Discographyp. 336
Bibliographyp. 342
Indexp. 345
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ISBN: 9781580460828
ISBN-10: 1580460828
Series: Eastman Studies in Music
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 375
Published: 1st January 2002
Publisher: Boydell & Brewer Ltd
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.2  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.5