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Composer born today – June 28. Richard Rodgers

Since I will be playing in Oklahoma! with the San Benito Stage Company next month (July 2010) I thought of this guy.  I have also played his South Pacific with this group, The Sound of Music and Oklahoma! before with other groups. (See My Music page for orchestras I have played with.)


Richard Rodgers

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Background information

Birth name: Richard Charles Rodgers

Born: 28 June 1902(1902-06-28) New York City, New York, USA

Died: December 30, 1979 (aged 77)  New York City, New York, USA

Genres: Musical theatre

Occupations: Composer, songwriter, playwright

Richard Charles Rodgers was an American composer of music for more than 900 songs and for 43 Broadway musicals. He also composed music for films and television. He is best known for his songwriting partnerships with the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Rodgers is one of only two persons to have won an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony (known collectively as an EGOT), and a Pulitzer Prize (Marvin Hamlisch is the other).

Hart as lyricist

* One Minute Please

* Fly with Me (1920)

* Poor Little Ritz Girl (1920)

* The Melody Man (1924)

* The Garrick Gaieties (1925–26)

* Dearest Enemy (1925)

* The Girl Friend (1926)

* Peggy-Ann (1926)

* Betsy (1926)

* A Connecticut Yankee (1927)

* She’s My Baby (1928)

* Present Arms (1928)

* Chee-Chee (1928)

* Spring Is Here (1929)

* Heads Up! (1929)

* Ever Green (1930)

* Simple Simon (1930)

* America’s Sweetheart (1931)

* Love Me Tonight (1932)

* Jumbo (1935)

* On Your Toes (1936)

* Babes in Arms (1937)

* I’d Rather Be Right (1937)

* I Married an Angel (1938)

* The Boys from Syracuse (1938)

* Too Many Girls (1939)

* Higher and Higher (1940)

* Pal Joey (1940–41)

* By Jupiter (1942)

* Rodgers & Hart (1975), Rodgers and Hart revue musical


Hammerstein as lyricist

* Oklahoma! (1943)

* Carousel (1945)

* State Fair (1945) (film)

* Allegro (1947)

* South Pacific (1949)

* The King and I (1951)

* Me and Juliet (1953)

* Pipe Dream (1955)

* Cinderella (1957)

* Flower Drum Song (1958)

* The Sound of Music (1959)

* A Grand Night for Singing (1993), Rodgers and Hammerstein revue musical

* State Fair (1996) (musical)


Other lyricists and solo works

* Victory at Sea (1952) (Robert Russell Bennett)

* No Strings (1962) (lyrics by Rodgers)

* Do I Hear a Waltz? (1965) (Stephen Sondheim)

* Two by Two (1970) (Martin Charnin)

* Rex (1976) (Sheldon Harnick)

* I Remember Mama (1979) (Martin Charnin/Raymond Jessel)


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5 Responses

  1. Are you playing viola? Is your shoulder doing better?

    Either way, wonderful reminder of a terrific composer and lyricist!

    So many great memories attending plays with my mother (or her friends) performing on stage in the local players group ~ Oklahoma, State Fair, Carousel, The Sound of Music, The King & I.

    Thanks for posting!

  2. I am trying to play in the stage orchestra for the San Benito Oklahoma production. Arm hurts like h@#! sometimes, but I think it may be getting more used to playing. I am determined to play. I am going to go to another therapist next week who has treated violists before. So maybe she can think of something to help.

  3. Give creative visualization a try ~ like the Miracle Man:


  4. Oh wow, I didn’t realise you are a pro musician. wow wow wow!
    By the way; have you tried Arnica for your shoulder?

  5. Not a pro in a long time. Did belong to the union for a while in Houston and the played with several pros in Austin during college days. My mother like the one where I toured (only on a four state area around Texas) with Henry Mancini in the mid sixties while I was in college.

    Arnica. Yes. The cream, that is. I had some very bad (black) bruises on my arm. Arnica helped that a lot. I still use it as one of the rubs too. It seems to little the pain a little too. Can’t do anything for mal-healed bones but it does work for aspects.


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