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When the Little Bluebird Starts to Sing: Porter’s Musical Formation

Susan Forscher Weiss

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0002
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter follows the trajectory of Porter's musical formation, starting from his first known composition that he wrote in 1901 at the age of ten and dedicated to his mother, a programmatic work ... More


Cole Porter, European

Wilfried Van Den Brande

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter attempts to paint a portrait of Porter's life in Europe between the late 1910s and early 1930s. The persons and places he encountered there left their mark on a multitude of his songs. ... More


“I Hate Parading My Serenading”: The Historical Record of Porter as a Performer

Eric Davis

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter analyzes Porter's performing style by drawing on published reports and eyewitness accounts of his abilities. It compares aspects of his performances with those of some of his favorite ... More


Secondary Materials and the Study of Cole Porter

Gregory J. Decker

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0017
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter presents an annotated list of secondary sources whose major focus is either Cole Porter and his music or subjects closely related to his life and works. The bibliography will be of use ... More


Kiss Me, Kate: The Taming of Cole Porter

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0009
Subject:
Music, Popular

In the years following the success of Anything Goes in 1934 only Rodgers and Hart surpassed Porter in producing musical hits on Broadway. In the mid-1940s, two successive failures, Seven Lively Arts ... More


From “Young Bears” to “Three-Letter Words”: “Anything Goes,” 1934–1962

James Hepokoski

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0008
Subject:
Music, History, American

The lyrics of some of Porter's most celebrated songs underwent a double process of generalization (away from the specifically local references) and neutralization (bowdlerization) as they made their ... More


Cole Porter: Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana Born: June 9, 1891 Peru, Indiana Died: October 15, 1964 Santa Monica, California

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter looks at the work of Cole Porter. It begins with an extended commentary of his career, followed by details on productions, with data and song information. Porter was born on the banks of ... More


Anything Goes: Songs Ten, Book Three

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

Anything Goes was Cole Porter's first major hit. Anything Goes does not conform to the organic “Wagnerian” model of some pre- and post-Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals beginning ... More


“The Beat Beat Beat of the Tom-Tom”: Cole Porter and the Exotic

Joshua S. Walden

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter explores the extensive range of musical references in Porter's songs to view the meanings that emerge out of this eclecticism, with particular focus on “Begin the Beguine” and its ... More


Lists of Louche Living Music in Cole Porter’s Social World

Mitchell Morris

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0005
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter offers several ways to think about how music appeared in Porter's social world. The term “musicking,” coined by musicologist Christopher Small to incorporate all musical performance ... More


A Cole Porter Companion

Don M. Randel, Matthew R. Shaftel, and Susan Forscher Weiss (eds)

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

Balancing sophisticated melodies and irresistible rhythms with lyrics by turns cynical and passionate, Cole Porter sent American song soaring. Timeless works like I Get a Kick Out of You and At Long ... More


Landed: Cole Porter’s Ballet

Simon Morrison

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0004
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the score created by Porter for a ballet-pantomime premiered by the Ballets suédois in 1923. The archive of the Ballets suédois is kept at the Dance Museum in Stockholm. The ... More


You Never Know: Anatomy of a Flop

Cliff Eisen

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0013
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter considers the factors behind the failure of the show You Never Know. It suggests that You Never Know fell victim to producer John Shubert's meddling in and mismanagement of the show, as ... More


George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Howard Pollack

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This biography of George Gershwin (1898–1937) unravels the myths surrounding one of America's most celebrated composers and establishes the enduring value of his music. Gershwin created some of the ... More


Cole Porter at Yale

Robert Kimball

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on Porter's years (1909–13) at Yale. Looking back at these years, the musical comedy scores Porter wrote for his fraternity, Delta Kappa Epsilon, and for the annual smokers of ... More


About Cole Porter’s Songs

Don M. Randel

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter considers how the lyrics and music of Cole Porter songs might be thought of in relation to one another in essentially musical and poetic structural terms. The goal is to describe what ... More


Gift For A President Turned Into Song to A Cow

Gary A. Rosen

in Unfair to Genius: The Strange and Litigious Career of Ira B. Arnstein

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
April 2015
ISBN:
9780199733484
eISBN:
9780190259891
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199733484.003.0011
Subject:
Law, Intellectual Property, IT, and Media Law

This chapter focuses on the Arnstein's case against Cole Porter. In a complaint filed in February 1945, Arnstein claimed legal authorship of seven of Porter's greatest hits: “Night and Day,” “Begin ... More


Licentious Harmony and Counterpoint in Porter’s “Love for Sale”

Michael Buchler

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

No one would mistake Cole Porter's “Love for Sale” for a love song. Yet this less-than-subtle song about the world's oldest profession, from the 1930 musical The New Yorkers, confronts the nature of ... More


Kiss Me, Kate

Lynn Laitman Siebert

in A Cole Porter Companion

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252040092
eISBN:
9780252098307
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.003.0015
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter examines Porter's Kiss Me, Kate. Written in 1948, it holds a unique place in Porter's career and represents the fullest flowering of his mature talent. Porter met the challenge of the ... More


Red Robins, Bob Whites, and Bluebirds

John Franceschina

in Hermes Pan: The Man Who Danced with Fred Astaire

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199754298
eISBN:
9780199949878
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199754298.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance, Popular

After Hermes Pan completed work on Betty Grable’s Sweet Rosie O’Grady he was invited by Cole Porter to choreograph Mexican Hayride on Broadway but refused, preferring to continue his career on the ... More


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