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eBook Jerome Kern: His Life and Music ePub

by Gerald Bordman

  • ISBN: 0195065743
  • Category: Arts and Literature
  • Subcategory: Biography
  • Author: Gerald Bordman
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (November 1, 1990)
  • Pages: 464
  • ePub book: 1352 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1786 kb
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  • Rating: 4.2
  • Votes: 154

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Bordman follows Kern's career from its beginnings on Broadway and London's West End before World War I to his death in 1945.

Bordman follows Kern's career from its beginnings on Broadway and London's West End before World War I to his death in 1945. Examining the scores for all of Kern's shows and films (including fascinating discussions of such famous songs as "Look for the Silver Lining," "Ol' Man River," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), Bordman demonstrates not only how Kern dramatically changed perceptions of what theatre music should or could be, but also how developments around Kern influenced him and his music.

Bordman, Gerald Martin. Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945, Composers - United States - Biography. New York : Oxford University Press. Books for People with Print Disabilities. Internet Archive Books.

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music

Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of musical theatre and popular music. One of the most important American theatre composers of the early 20th century, he wrote more than 700 songs, used in over 100 stage works, including such classics as "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man", "A Fine Romance", "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes", "The Song Is You", "All the Things You Are", "The Way You Look Tonight", "Long Ago (and Far Away)" and "Who?"

Gerald Martin Bordman was an American theatre historian, best known for authoring the reference volume The American .

Gerald Martin Bordman was an American theatre historian, best known for authoring the reference volume The American Musical Theatre, first published in 1978.

In what has become the biography of the father of American musical theatre, Gerald Bordman demonstrates a keen understanding and sympathy for Kern the man, as well as Kern the musician. No "rags-to-riches" folk hero, Jerome Kern grew up on the periphery of the American-Jewish elite, achieved early success, and moved throughout his life among the era's leading personalities and performers.

Gerald Martin Bordman (September 18, 1931 – May 9, 2011) was an American theatre historian, best known for authoring the reference volume The American Musical Theatre, first . Jerome Kern: His Life and Music (1980). American Operetta: From .

Gerald Martin Bordman (September 18, 1931 – May 9, 2011) was an American theatre historian, best known for authoring the reference volume The American Musical Theatre, first published in 1978. of its kind, and an invaluable on. Pinafore to Sweeney Todd (1981). Days to Be Happy, Years to Be Sad: The Life and Music of Vincent Youmans (1982).

Bordman, Gerald, American Musical Theatre: a Chronicle (New York, 1978)

Bordman, Gerald, American Musical Theatre: a Chronicle (New York, 1978). Burton, Jack, The Blue Book of Hollywood Musicals (Watkins Glen, 1953). Ewen, David, The Story of Jerome Kern (New York, 1953). Freedland, Michael, Jerome Kern: a Biography (London, 1978). Jablonski, Edward, and Stewart, Laurence . The Gershwin Years (Garden City, 1973). Kern, Jerome, Jerome Kern in London; Show Boat and Sunny; Jerome Kern in London, 1914–1923 (World Records, SH 171, SH 240, SHB 34). Kimball, Robert (e., The Unpublished Cole Porter (New York, 1975). Kreuger, Miles, Show Boat: the Story of a Classic American Musical (New York, 1977).

Gerald Bordman Paperback Oxford Univ Pr 1990 ISBN: 0195065743. Author Bordman examines the scores and films of Jerome Kern to show how he changed musical theater and what effect the theater had on his work. This is the first comprehensive biography on Kern and it includes several fine family and show biz photographs. Index I is devoted to his songs and Index II contains people and shows.

Gerald Bordman is the author of many books on theatrical history, including American Theatre: A Chronicle of Comedy and Drama, 1930-1969; Jerome Kern: His Life and Music; and the Oxford Companion to American Theatre (with Thomas Hischak). Richard C. Norton, a musical theatre archivist, historian and former producer, is the author of A Chronology of American Musical Theater (2002), an ALA Outstanding Reference Source.

In what has become the biography of the father of American musical theatre, Gerald Bordman demonstrates a keen understanding and sympathy for Kern the man, as well as Kern the musician. No "rags-to-riches" folk hero, Jerome Kern grew up on the periphery of the American-Jewish elite, achieved early success, and moved throughout his life among the era's leading personalities and performers. Bordman follows Kern's career from its beginnings on Broadway and London's West End before World War I to his death in 1945. He reveals how Kern's 1914 hit "They Didn't Believe Me" established the pattern for the modern popular ballad; how his famous Princess Theatre shows during World War I helped end the dominance of European musicals on Broadway; and how with Show Boat he initiated the Americanized operetta style that dominated the American stage for decades. Examining the scores for all of Kern's shows and films (including fascinating discussions of such famous songs as "Look for the Silver Lining," "Ol' Man River," and "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes"), Bordman demonstrates not only how Kern dramatically changed perceptions of what theatre music should or could be, but also how developments around Kern influenced him and his music.

Comments

Hilarious Kangaroo Hilarious Kangaroo
Mr Bordman seems to cover the particulars in great detail (as mentioned in another review). What seems stunning to me is there is no mention of Kern (and Hammerstein's) role in the making of the 1936 classic film version of Show Boat, They did write three new songs for the movie version, so it would seem that there was some kind of story to be told there. But there is nothing. I'm grateful for any biography of this important figure in musical theater, but it does strike me as a dry read.
Oreavi Oreavi
The author is a distinguished historian of American musicals. In this volume we learn not only about Jerome Kern but about the theater and music industry from the early and mid-twentieth century. Bordman has a full command of the primary and secondary sources, and it's doubtful that any other historian will attempt a more exhaustive Kern biogaphy. But there's the fault: the story is overwhelmed by details. It takes a dedicated reader to wade through the barrage of facts about Kern and the theater. I made it, but many others, I'm afraid, won't. The word "definitive," controversial as it is, may surely be used in this case. Bordman is a fine writer as well as researcher, and this helps enormously.
Soustil Soustil
This is an excellent book if you are a musicologist or doing research on early 20th century theater. However, if you want to sit back and read an entertaining book on the life of a worthwhile composer of a few popular songs- then forget it. Of its 406 pages, maybe seventy-five contain poignant or even interesting narrative. Mention of Showboat doesn't occur until more than half way through the book and even then it is given less consideration than could have been. The author spends much time talking in music code about ABBA patterns, C sharp and the like that to most of us have little value other than we either like a melody or we don't.

I would not have purchased this book if I truly understood the format and direction the author took.