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More Stories from the American Songbook

Rodgers and Hart

Afternoon Course

Wednesday, November 15, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0405
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Cover of the original music sheet of '"Manhattan"

Explore more wonderful songs from the golden age of the Great American Songbook, and the stories behind their long and unexpected lives. This season, each session takes up the work of a famous songwriting team and some of their forever-familiar songs, where daydreams and romance, razzle-dazzle, and all our “where and whens” still live.

Combining a lively lecture with a wide variety of film clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how these favorite songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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Rodgers and Hart  

They were the most unlikely of partners, one disciplined and the other always disappearing, but their words and music were ideally suited. They produced irresistible and buoyant songs, clever and often rueful odes to love and to life. Their songs are still great staples, because who can resist "Where or When," "Bewitched, Bothered and Bewildered," "Blue Moon," and "Manhattan"?

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