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Noel Coward: The Complete Lyrics
     

Noel Coward: The Complete Lyrics

by Noël Coward, Barry Day (Other)
 

Get out your tuxedos and evening gowns and chill the champagne -- it's the 100th anniversary of the birth of the coolly sophisticated, always elegant Noel Coward!

For over a half a century, Noel Coward wrote delectable lyrics that charmed, seduced, satirized and celebrated the lives of the Smart Set, depticting the irresistible world of high society and its

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Get out your tuxedos and evening gowns and chill the champagne -- it's the 100th anniversary of the birth of the coolly sophisticated, always elegant Noel Coward!

For over a half a century, Noel Coward wrote delectable lyrics that charmed, seduced, satirized and celebrated the lives of the Smart Set, depticting the irresistible world of high society and its highjinks. Now for the centenary of Coward's birth, here for the first time are the complete lyrics, gorgeously accompanied by photographs and illustrations of Noel Coward and his circle of friends and colleagues as well as programs, sheet music and photos from the original productions and revivals.

With the cooperation of the Noel Coward Estate, Barry Day has researched Coward's personal archives and other sources to bring together 476 songs -- an incredible 200 more than the original volume of lyrics first published in 1965. Coward aficionados will seek out "I'll See You Again," "Mad Dogs and Englishmen," "A Room with a View," and "I've Been to a Marvelous Party," along with many less often displayed byt equally shining gems.

Not surprisingly, the Rat Pack adored Noel Coward. During his 1955 Vegas engagement, Sammy Davis Jr. would exhort his audience to go across the street to hear Coward interpret his own songs -- to "see The Master at work," while Frank Sinatra went on radio to tell the world "if you want to hear how songs should be sung get the hell over to The Desert Inn!"

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Booknews
Celebrates the 100th anniversary of the birth of a prolific and talented songwriter. His lyrics seduced and satirized the lives of the Smart Set, depicting the world of high society and its high jinks. Some 475 songs are collected, with some published for the first time, and illustrated with 279 b&w photos and drawings, many from Coward's personal albums, as well as programs, sheet musics, photos from original productions and revivals, and Coward's own handwritten manuscripts. Text by the author, augmented by Coward's own comments, sets the songs in context of their productions and their times. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780879518967
Publisher:
The Overlook Press
Publication date:
11/28/1998
Pages:
367
Product dimensions:
11.00(w) x 11.88(h) x 1.32(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Barry Day is a life-long admirer of Wodehouse, and the author and editor of many books about the world of theater and literature.

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