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Jerome Kern: His Life and Music Gerald Bordman

Jerome Kern: His Life and Music

Gerald Bordman

Published May 15th 1980
ISBN : 9780195026498
Hardcover
438 pages
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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 theMoreIn 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 eras leading personalities and performers. Bordman follows Kerns career from its beginnings on Broadway and Londons West End before World War I to his death in 1945. He reveals how Kerns 1914 hit They Didnt 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 Kerns 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.