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Sigmund Romberg (Yale Broadway Masters) [Hardcover]

William A Everett

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24 July 2007 Yale Broadway Masters
Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) arrived in America in 1909 and within eight years had achieved his first hit musical on Broadway. This early success was soon followed by others and in the 1920s his popularity in musical theatre was unsurpassed. In this book, William Everett offers the first detailed study of the gifted operetta composer, examining Romberg's key works and musical accomplishments and demonstrating his lasting importance in the history of American musicals. Romberg composed nearly sixty works for musical theatre as well as music for revues, musical comedies, and, later in life, for Hollywood films. Everett shows how Romberg was a defining figure of American operetta in the 1910s and 1920s ("Maytime", "Blossom Time", "The Student Prince"), traces the new model for operetta that he developed with Oscar Hammerstein 2nd in the late 1920s ("The Desert Song", "The New Moon"), and looks at his reworked style of the 1940s ("Up in Central Park"). This book offers an illuminating look at Romberg's Broadway career and legacy.

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Yale University Press; 1 edition (24 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0300111835
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300111835
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 17 x 3 cm
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,749,487 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Everett is associate professor of music history/musicology, Conservatory of Music, University of Missouri-Kansas City. He is author of The Musical: A Research and Information Guide and coeditor of The Cambridge Companion to the Musical.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A better book than "Deep in My Heart." 18 May 2010
By Michael R. Muzio - Published on
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A physically beautiful book. It contains, however, a lot of the author's speculations that parade as truth. The author, William Everett, would state that Romberg did this for this reason or did that for that reason, when really this was only his own figuring. I was often in disagreement. What I did appreciate was how Romberg's music was analyzed and reviewed. The book also includes information on the composer's unsuccessful works, which was interesting. But I got the impression that Everett was trying to put every bit of information possible into the book. I've always felt that it is important to know what to leave out of a book.
On the whole, however, it is a good book and will be pleasing to musical theater fans. It is a much better book than Romberg's other book "Deep in My Heart." But not as good as the author's later book, "Rudolf Friml."
1.0 out of 5 stars very good 12 Jun 2014
By Harold Shalett - Published on
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very good; thorough and insightful to the great operetta master's talent; also the
mailing serice was good; thanks a lot
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