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More Stories from the American Songbook

The Look of Love: Songs by Burt Bacharach

Afternoon Course

Wednesday, May 17, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0360
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Burt Bacharach, 1972 (Promotional image for the "Burt Bacharach Special")

Here are more of those wonderful songs we love, and the stories behind their long and unexpected lives. Each program takes up the work of one songwriter and a few of his familiar, forever songs, where daydreams, blue skies, and love lost and found still live.

Combing a lively lecture with a wide variety of film clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how these favorite songs from the Great American Songbook 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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The Look of Love: Songs by Burt Bacharach

He’s the composer who keeps surprising us. Bacharach’s popular tunes have a catchy lightness, but it’s their richness that takes hold and stays there. Reimagined over the years, his songs grow in dimension, delight, and emotional power. Revisit The Look of Love, Make it Easy on Yourself, What the World Needs Now, and God Give Me Strength.

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