Melody Lingers On: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals

Melody Lingers On: The Great Songwriters and Their Movie Musicals

by Roy Hemming
     
 
Back in print in a handsome, elegant paperback with 166 evocative photos and movie stills, many of them rare, this is the only illustrated book on the golden age of movie musicals from the composers' point of view. This unique book, a perfect gift and an asset to every film and music library, includes: separate chapters on the careers and complete movie work of Harold

Overview

Back in print in a handsome, elegant paperback with 166 evocative photos and movie stills, many of them rare, this is the only illustrated book on the golden age of movie musicals from the composers' point of view. This unique book, a perfect gift and an asset to every film and music library, includes: separate chapters on the careers and complete movie work of Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Jimmy McHugh, Cole Porter, Ralph Rainger, Richard Rodgers, Harry Warren, and Richard Whiting; shorter studies of Nacio Herb Brown, Hoagy Carmichael, Frank Loesser, Arthur Schwartz, Jule Styne, and James Van Heusen; and a detailed filmography for each songwriter, listing more than 800 movies and 2,000 songs.

Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Brief biographical sketches and long enthusiastic filmographic essays on Harold Arlen, Irving Berlin, George Gershwin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, and ten others are presented in this warmly affectionate book. Hemming has seen nearly all the films he discusses and gives readers detailed descriptions of scenes in the films that showcase the work of each songwriter. Informed opinion as well as handy lists of each man's movies (indicating what is available on tape and disc) should make the book irresistible to fans of old-fashioned movie musicals. The hard facts are available elswehere so this is not needed as a reference item in most libraries. For film history rather than biography collections. Movie Entertainment Book Club and Nostalgia Book Club selections. Bonnie Jo Dopp, Dist. of Columbia P.L.
School Library Journal
YA-More comprehensive on composers than lyricists, this volume offers a lively but thorough look at the movies and songs of 10 great songwriters including Berlin, Gershwin, Kern, Porter, and Rodgers. A biographical sketch leads the discussion and provides a historical context for the chapters that follow. Hemming covers both the composers' original works for Hollywood and the movie versions of their Broadway shows. An exhaustive listing of film titles, CDs, and audio collections follows each profile. Of value to students in many curricular areas, this highly readable resource, enhanced by more than 100 photographs, will deepen readers' knowledge of this popular field.-Margaret Nolan, W. T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781557040176
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/28/1991
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
400
Product dimensions:
8.29(w) x 10.63(h) x 0.87(d)

Meet the Author

Roy Hemming wrote about movies, music, and the media for more than thirty years. His other books include Discovering Great Music-A New Listener's Guide to the Top Classical Composers and Their Masterworks and, with David Hajdu, Discovering Great Singers of Classic Pop, both published by Newmarket Press.

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