Text Box: COMPOSER AUTOGRAPHS

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Text Box: HARMONIE AUTOGRAPHS AND MUSIC INC.

MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
Text Box: MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS AND EPHEMERA BOUGHT AND SOLD
ROBERT RUSSELL BENNETT - COMPOSER

MINT CONDITION

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Autographed 8 page (inclusive of covers) The 50th Anniversary of Show Boat, 1927-1977 booklet published by The Institute of the American Musical, Inc., 1977.

The booklet covers the three films made of the Jerome Kern - Oscar Hammerstein Broadway Show which received its’ World Premiere, December 27, 1927 at the famed Ziegfeld Theatre; inclusive of casts and the history of each production.

 Bennett (1894-1981) created the orchestral arrangements for the original Broadway production.  The first film of the musical was a “part talkie” using Bennett’s original arrangements, the second film in 1936 used Bennett’s revised arrangements.  The 1951 version employed a different team for the arrangements based upon Bennett’s originals.  “Show Boat” was Bennett’s third hit having worked previously on one musical each for Rudolf Friml “Rose Marie” and for George Gershwin’s “Oh, Kay”.  He went on to become the most important Broadway arranger, working further with the Gershwin and Kern, as well as Cole Porter, Richard Rodgers, Irving Berlin, Jules Styne and Frederick Loewe among others.  He was known to make significant changes to original scores and was trusted to do so.  Additionally, he was a composer in his own right, writing operas, operettas, symphonies, orchestral works, concertos, concert band and wind band music, as well as chamber and solo piano music.

An unusual Broadway - Musical Film souvenir.