The Sound of Broadway Music

A Book of Orchestrators and Orchestrations

Author: Steven Suskin

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 0199790841

Category: Music

Page: 664

View: 6024

Broadway's top orchestrators - Robert Russell Bennett, Don Walker, Philip J. Lang, Jonathan Tunick - are names well known to musical theatre fans, but few people understand precisely what the orchestrator does. The Sound of Broadway Music is the first book ever written about these unsung stars of the Broadway musical whose work is so vital to each show's success. The book examines the careers of Broadway's major orchestrators and follows the song as it travels from the composer's piano to the orchestra pit. Steven Suskin has meticulously tracked down thousands of original orchestral scores, piecing together enigmatic notes and notations with long-forgotten documents and current interviews with dozens of composers, producers, conductors and arrangers. The information is separated into three main parts: a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; a lively discussion of the art of orchestration, written for musical theatre enthusiasts (including those who do not read music); a biographical section which gives a sense of the life and world of twelve major theatre orchestrators, as well as incorporating briefer sections on another thirty arrangers and conductors; and an impressive show-by-show listing of more than seven hundred musicals, in many cases including a song-by-song listing of precisely who orchestrated what along with relevant comments from people involved with the productions. Stocked with intriguing facts and juicy anecdotes, many of which have never before appeared in print, The Sound of Broadway Music brings fascinating and often surprising new insight into the world of musical theatre.

Von 're-creation' bis 'glorification'

Zur musikalischen Inszenierung des historischen Broadway-Sounds in amerikanischen Musicals des späten 20. Jahrhunderts

Author: Agnieszka Zagozdzon

Publisher: Waxmann Verlag

ISBN: 3830989342

Category: Music

Page: 234

View: 7799

Längst gilt der New Yorker Broadway schon nahezu als Inbegriff für die amerikanische Musicalkultur - doch wie klingt er eigentlich, dieser Broadway-Sound? Und wie hat er sich im Lauf der Zeit entwickelt? Dieser Band untersucht den historischen Broadway-Sound anhand typischer Orchestrierungen verschiedener Broadway-Musicals des 20. Jahrhunderts. Dabei spielt neben musikalischen Einflüssen, insbesondere aus dem Jazz, auch der technische Fortschritt - etwa die zunehmende Nutzung von Mikrofonen - eine bedeutende Rolle. Auch das Prestige und die damit einhergehende Macht einzelner Persönlichkeiten, wie beispielsweise des Orchestrators Robert Russell Bennett, werden in die Analyse miteinbezogen. Durch einen Vergleich mit Neuauflagen und Compilations von Musicals aus den 1930er- und 1940er-Jahren wird aufgezeigt, inwieweit diese re-kreiert, imitiert oder auch glorifiziert wurden und werden und welche Rolle die Wahrnehmung des Jazz dabei spielt.

Die Trapp-Familie

von Welterfolg zu Welterfolg. II

Author: Maria Augusta Trapp

Publisher: N.A


Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 202

View: 7301

Broadway Baby: My Favorite Things

An Illustrated Sing-along to the Sound of Music

Author: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 1633223353

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 36

View: 2010

The new Broadway Baby series introduces classic songs from musicals to young children. This time we enjoy Rodgers and Hammerstein's My Favorite Things from the classic musical The Sound of Music. The second title in the Broadway Baby series, this book pairs the famous lyrics of My Favorite Things with beautiful, colorful illustrations. It brings the classic song to life with illustrations of lyrics that are easy for kids to read and sing along to. Perfect for the family that loves musicals, this title is a great addition to any child's library.

Mixing a Musical

Broadway Theatrical Sound Mixing Techniques

Author: Shannon Slaton

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1136111816

Category: Technology & Engineering

Page: 203

View: 4804

When mixing a live show, for the first time or hundredth time, there are countless things running through your mind, foremost- this is live and you have to get it right! Whether you are working on Broadway, in a regional theatre or on the school production, having an understanding of the equipment, set up, and how sound behaves is crucial to the success of your show's performance. In this guide to live sound mixing for theatre, Shannon Slaton shares his expert knowledge and proven, effective techniques acquired from years of experience working on Broadway shows. Written in a clear and easy to read style, and illustrated with real world examples of personal experience and professional interviews, Slaton shows you how how to mix live theatre shows from the basics of equipment, set ups, and using sound levels to creating atmosphere, emotion and tension to ensure a first rate performance every time.

Broadway Rhythm

Imaging the City in Song

Author: Dominic Symonds

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 0472130595

Category: History

Page: 312

View: 8299

Imaginative walking tours that retrace the map of Manhattan as it resonates with the music of Broadway

The Sound of Music Companion

Author: Laurence Maslon,Andrew Lloyd Webber

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1416549544

Category: Music

Page: 192

View: 6870

Recounts the history of the Von Trapp family, traces the evolution of the popular musical from stage to screen, and describes the contributions of its composers, writers, and performers.

Anything Goes

A History of American Musical Theatre

Author: Ethan Mordden

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199892830

Category: History

Page: 346

View: 5334

Offers a history of American musical theater from the 1920s through to the 1970s, and includes such famous works as "Oklahoma!," "The Red Mill," and "Porgy and Bess."


The Life and Times of My Fair Lady

Author: Dominic McHugh

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199968144

Category: Music

Page: 288

View: 5992

Few musicals have had the impact of Lerner and Loewe's timeless classic My Fair Lady. Sitting in the middle of an era dominated by such seminal figures as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Frank Loesser, and Leonard Bernstein, My Fair Lady not only enjoyed critical success similar to that of its rivals but also had by far the longest run of a Broadway musical up to that time. From 1956 to 1962, its original production played without a break for 2,717 performances, and the show went on to be adapted into one of the most successful movie musicals of all time in 1964, when it won eight Academy Awards. Internationally, the show also broke records in London, and the original production toured to Russia at the height of the Cold War in an attempt to build goodwill. It remains a staple of the musical theater canon today, an oft-staged show in national, regional, and high school theaters across the country. Using previously-unpublished documents, author Dominic McHugh presents a completely new, behind-the-scenes look at the five-year creation of the show, revealing the tensions and complex relationships that went into its making. McHugh charts the show from the aftermath of the premiere of Shaw's Pygmalion and the playwright's persistent refusal to allow it to be made into a musical, through to the quarrel that led lyricist Alan Jay Lerner and composer Frederick Loewe to part ways halfway through writing the show, up to opening night and through to the present. This book is the first to shed light on the many behind-the-scenes creative discussions that took place from casting decisions all the way through the final months of frantic preparation leading to the premiere in March 1956. McHugh also traces sketches for the show, looking particularly at the lines cut during the rehearsal and tryout periods, to demonstrate how Lerner evolved the relationship between Higgins and Eliza in such a way as to maintain the delicate balance of ambiguity that characterizes their association in the published script. He looks too at the movie version, and how the cast album and subsequent revivals have influenced the way in which the show has been received. Overall, this book explores why My Fair Lady continues to resonate with audiences worldwide more than fifty years after its premiere.

The Sound of Music

The Complete Book and Lyrics of the Broadway Musical

Author: Richard Rodgers,Oscar Hammerstein (II),Howard Lindsay,Russel Crouse

Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema

ISBN: 9781423490791

Category: Music

Page: 149

View: 897

This stellar collaboration of songwriters Rodgers and Hammerstein and librettists Lindsay and Crouse was destined to become the world's most beloved musical.

The Sound of Music Story

Author: Tom Santopietro

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 1473526140

Category: Art

Page: 336

View: 3875

In March 1965 the film of The Sound of Music was released - and the love affair between moviegoers and the classic Rodgers and Hammerstein musical began. Rarely has a film so captured the love and imagination of the public, blending history, music, Austrian location filming, heartfelt emotion and the yodelling of Julie Andrews into a monster hit. Now, Tom Santopietro has written the ultimate "Sound of Music" fan book with all the inside information - the real-life story of the Von Trapps, the behind the dramas of the casting - we all know that Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer played Maria and Captain Von Trapp, but who else had been considered? – and the many hazards of shooting the film on location. We learn how some of the iconic songs came into being and what the actors really thought of it. Tom Santopietro knows all and will tell all. The Sound of Music Story is a book for everyone who cherishes this classic musical.

The Sound of Musicals

Author: Steven Cohan

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: 9781844573479

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

View: 789

This new collection addresses the film musical, a central genre in the Hollywood studio system, which has also been important within British, Hindi and Chinese cinema. Leading international scholars explore key issues, traditions, subgenres, stars and films of the musical film from the 1930s to the present.

The Sound of Musicals

Author: Ruth Leon

Publisher: Oberon Books

ISBN: 1849433127

Category: Music

Page: 96

View: 9322

The world of musicals is beautiful, complex, hilarious, hard-headed, and improbable. It is as hard to make a great musical as it is to fly a spaceship to the moon and there are at least as many moving parts. Why is a great musical as significant a theatrical achievement as, say, King Lear?In this entertaining new title in Oberon Masters Series, Ruth Leon tells all about the composers, the lyricists, the directors and the pioneers of the stage musical on both sides of the Atlantic while trying to reveal the truth behind the eternal question - what are musicals and why do we love them? ‘A whirlwind tour through musical theatre history... This book may be small but, like all the great shows about which Leon writes, it is perfectly formed’ - Jewish Chronicle ‘A slim and succinct account of the handful of 20th century musicals which, in Leon’s very well informed and experienced opinion, have changed the genre forever... I learned a great deal. Buy it.’ – The Stage ‘Light-hearted but informative... with an air of authority... is also beautifully bound: a slim, smart, slightly old-fashioned looking hardback.’ - What’s on ‘Ruth Leon has the ability to capture the essence of each musical, which is the real strength of pocket-sized hardback... a lovely little volume that will delight any devotee of this genre’ - British Theatre Guide ‘A must for any performing arts or drama student.’ - Ink Pellet

Percy Jackson - Diebe im Olymp

Author: Rick Riordan

Publisher: CARLSEN Verlag

ISBN: 3646920009

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 448

View: 3891

Percy, Götter und Monster –durchgehend mit prächtigen, farbigen Illustrationen! Percy kann es nicht fassen: Sein verschwundener Vater ist der Meeresgott Poseidon! Plötzlich ergibt alles einen Sinn: Sein Verständnis der griechischen Sprache, seine Affinität zu Wasser und vor allem, warum ihn ständig irgendwelche Monster aus der griechischen Mythologie verfolgen! Doch zum Glück findet er in Camp Half-Blood, dem Zufluchtsort für Halbblute wie ihn, treue Freunde: Annabeth, die Tochter der Athene und Grover, den Satyr. Zusammen müssen sie es mit einem mächtigen Feind aufnehmen: Kronos, dem Titanen! Das ideale Geschenk für jeden Fan – und natürlich alle Neuleser.

God Bless America

The Surprising History of an Iconic Song

Author: Sheryl Kaskowitz

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 0199919771

Category: Music

Page: 240

View: 4829

The song 'God Bless America' has come to inhabit our collective consciousness. This book tells the fascinating story behind the song, from its composition in 1918 by Irving Berlin, to its first performance by Kate Smith in 1938, to its post 9/11 popularity.

Sondheim's Broadway Musicals

Author: Stephen Banfield

Publisher: University of Michigan Press

ISBN: 9780472080830

Category: Music

Page: 453

View: 538

The first in-depth look at the work and career of one of the most important figures in the history of musical theater.

Broadway Musicals

A Hundred Year History

Author: David H. Lewis

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 0786481145

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 258

View: 8057

Musicals have been a major part of American theater for many years, and nowhere have they been more loved and celebrated than Broadway, the theater capital of the world. The music of such composers as Rodgers and Hammerstein, Berlin, the Gershwin brothers, Lerner and Loewe, Steven Sondheim, and Andrew Lloyd Webber continues to run through people’s minds, and such productions as South Pacific, Cats, My Fair Lady, The Phantom of the Opera, Guys and Dolls, Rent, and West Side Story remain at the top of Broadway’s most popular productions. This book is a survey of Broadway musicals all through the 20th century, from the Tin Pan Alley–driven comedy works of the early part of the century, to the integrated musical plays that flourished in the heyday years of midcentury, and to the rock era, concept musicals, and the arrival of British mega-musicals late in the century. It also profiles some of the theater world’s leading composers, writers, and directors, considers some of the most unforgettable and forgettable shows, illustrates the elusive fragility of the libretto, explains the compensating nature of production elements, and examines representative shows from every decade. An extensive discography offers a brief critique of more than 300 show cast albums.