Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow - Oxford Keynotes (Paperback)Walter Frisch (author)
Paperback 152 Pages / Published: 16/11/2017
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"Over the Rainbow" exploded into worldwide fame upon its performance by Judy Garland in the MGM film musical The Wizard of Oz (1939). Voted the greatest song of the twentieth century in a 2000 survey, it is a masterful, delicate balance of sophistication and child-like simplicity in which composer Harold Arlen and lyricist E. Y. "Yip" Harburg poignantly captured the hope and anxiety harbored by Dorothy's character. In Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow, author Walter Frisch traces the history of this song from its inception during the development of The Wizard of Oz's screenplay, to its various reinterpretations over the course of the twentieth century. Through analysis of the song's music and lyrics, this Oxford Keynotes volume provides a close reading of the piece while examining the evolution of its meaning as it traversed widely varying cultural contexts. From its adoption as a jazz standard by generations of pianists, to its contribution to Judy Garland's role as a gay icon, to its reemergence as a chart-topping recording by Hawaiian singer Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, "Over the Rainbow" continues to engage audiences and performers alike in surprising ways. Featuring a companion website with audio and video supplements, this book leaves no path unexplored as it succeeds in capturing the extent of this song's impact on the world.
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Number of pages: 152
Weight: 194 g
Dimensions: 211 x 143 x 9 mm
"Walter Frisch is that rare thing, a meticulous scholar who also writes wonderfully readable books. In Arlen and Harburg's Over the Rainbow, Frisch leads us on a journey that uncovers facts, theories, and anecdotes that even the most ardent fan of The Wizard of Oz will find fascinating. Altogether a revelatory book about the most beloved song from Hollywood's most beloved film." - Ken Bloom, author of Show and Tell: The New Book of Broadway Anecdotes
"Frisch's book is the best reflection to date on a popular song that is as classic as a lied by Schubert or Strauss. With its 'Additional sources for reading and listening, ' it also fills any music lover's or scholar's need to know more about The Wizard of Oz, Judy Garland, Harold Arlen, or popular song. The eight pages of notes and extensive index at the end also facilitate anyone wanting to do further research." --ARSC Journal
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