Cy Coleman and Sweet Charity Overture

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Cy (Seymour Kaufman) Coleman (June 14, 1929 – November 18, 2004) was an American composer, songwriter, and jazz pianist.  Coleman was born Seymour Kaufman on June 14, 1929, in New York City to Eastern European Jewish parents, and was raised in the Bronx. His mother, Ida (née Prizent) was an apartment landlady and his father was a brickmason.   He was a child prodigy who gave piano recitals at venues such as Steinway Hall, the Town Hall, and Carnegie Hall between the ages of six and nine.  Coleman studied at New York’s The High School of Music and Art and the New York College of Music, graduating in 1948.  Before beginning his fabled Broadway career, he led the Cy Coleman Trio, which made many recordings and was a much-in-demand club attraction.

Despite the early classical and jazz success, Coleman decided to build a career in popular music. His first collaborator was Joseph Allen McCarthy, but his most successful early partnership, albeit a turbulent one, was with Carolyn Leigh. The pair wrote many pop hits, including “Witchcraft” and “The Best Is Yet to Come.” One of his instrumentals, “Playboy’s Theme,” became the signature music of the regular syndicated late night TV show Playboy After Dark in the 1960s and specials presented by editor/publisher Hugh M. Hefner of Playboy magazine, and remains synonymous with the Chicago magazine and its creator, Hefner.

Coleman’s career as a Broadway composer began when he and Leigh collaborated on Wildcat (1960), which marked the Broadway debut of movie/television comedianne Lucille Ball. The score included the hit tune “Hey, Look Me Over.” When Ball became ill, she left the show, and it closed. Next for the two was Little Me, with a book by Neil Simon based on the novel of the same name by Patrick Dennis. The show introduced “Real Live Girl” and “I’ve Got Your Number,” which became popular standards.

In 1964, Coleman met Dorothy Fields at a party, and when he asked if she would like to collaborate with him, she is reported to have answered, “Thank God somebody asked.”  Fields was revitalized by working with the much younger Coleman, and by the contemporary nature of their first project, which was Sweet Charity, again with a book by Simon, starring Gwen Verdon, and introducing the songs “If My Friends Could See Me Now,” “I’m a Brass Band,” and “Big Spender.”  The show was a major success and Coleman found working with Fields much easier than with Leigh. The partnership was to work on two more shows – an aborted project about Eleanor Roosevelt, and Seesaw which reached Broadway in 1973 after a troubled out-of-town tour. Despite mixed reviews, the show enjoyed a healthy run. The partnership was cut short by Fields’ death in 1974.

Coleman remained prolific in the late 1970s. He collaborated on I Love My Wife (1977) with Michael Stewart, On The Twentieth Century (1978) with Betty Comden and Adolph Green, and Home Again, Home Again with Barbara Fried, although the latter never reached Broadway. Also in 1970 he produced the single “Lying Here” (Mercury 73150) for the Rock Opera “Sensations,” and took a full page (back cover) ad in Billboard magazine to promote his upcoming star vocalist Steve Leeds singing.

In 1980, Coleman served as producer and composer for the circus-themed Barnum, which co-starred Jim Dale and Glenn Close. Later in the decade, he collaborated on Welcome to the Club (1988) with A. E. Hotchner, and City of Angels (1989) with David Zippel. In the latter, inspired by the hard-boiled detective film noir of the 1930s and 1940s, he returned to his jazz roots, and the show was a huge critical and commercial success. The 1990s brought more new Coleman musicals to Broadway: The Will Rogers Follies (1991), again with Comden and Green, The Life (1997), a gritty look at pimps, prostitutes, and assorted other lowlife in the big city, with Ira Gasman, and a revised production of Little Me.

Coleman’s film scores include Father Goose, The Art of Love, Garbo Talks, Power, and Family Business.  In addition, he wrote memorable television specials for Shirley MacLaine, If My Friends Could See Me Now and Gypsy in My Soul.  Coleman has been the only composer to win consecutive Tony awards for Best Score at the same time that the corresponding musicals won for Best Musical: City of Angels and Will Rogers’ Follies. Coleman was on the ASCAP Board of Directors for many years and also served as their Vice Chairman Writer.

One final musical with a Coleman score played in Los Angeles at the Mark Taper Forum Dec. 2003-Jan. 2004 under the title Like Jazz, as a Broadway tryout.  Investor Transamerica Capital went forward with plans to mount a Broadway production renamed In the Pocket. Dirk Decloedt and Maurice Hines were announced as director and choreographer with an anticipated opening in Spring 2006 but it never opened.  To the very end, he was part of the Broadway scene – he attended the premiere of Michael Frayn’s new play Democracy early in the evening on November 18. Coleman died of cardiac arrest on November 18, 2004, at New York Hospital in New York City, NY, at 11:59 p.m. at the age of 75, survived by his wife, Shelby (née Brown) Coleman and their adopted daughter, Lily Cye Coleman.

The following work by Cy Coleman is contained in my collection:

Sweet Charity (1966): Overture.

Why would homeschoolers need tight regulations?

Why would homeschoolers need tight regulations?
by Henry Cate of Why Homeschool (Monday, March 26, 2012)

Many states loose on homeschooling regulations is an OK article about homeschooling. It covers the basics of homeschooling. It discusses the laws in Ohio where parents just have to notify that they will be homeschooling their children.

But the article has implied call to “fix” homeschooling in Ohio. I have a problem with the comparison of public schools to homeschools. The article starts with:

“With ever-tougher academic standards coming from both state and federal legislatures, schools are under unprecedented, increasing pressure to perform well on a variety of measures, including mandatory testing and more rigorous teacher evaluations.”

Read more:

http://whyhomeschool.blogspot.com/2012/03/why-would-homeschoolers-need-tight.html

Oakdale School, Loyston, TN

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Oakdale School

Loyston, TN

Loyston is a ghost town in Union County, Tennessee, that was inundated by the waters of the Clinch River after the completion of Norris Dam in 1936.  Established in the early nineteenth century around a foundry built by its namesake, John Loy, over subsequent decades the community’s location along State Highway 61 helped it grow into a trading center for local farmers. Loyston’s children attended either Loyston Elementary School or the nearby one-room Oakdale School.  By the time the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began making plans to build Norris Dam in the early 1930s, Loyston had a population of approximately 70 residents, and consisted of a post office and several small businesses.  Prior to inundation, TVA conducted extensive sociological surveys of Loyston’s residents, and the community was documented by photographer Lewis Hine, including the Oakdale School. Most of Loyston’s residents relocated elsewhere in the area, with many forming the community of New Loyston in the hills to the south. Loyston was located near where Mill Creek empties into the Clinch River, at river mile 98. Loyston is now under a mile-wide section of Norris Lake known as the “Loyston Sea,” located along the shores of Big Ridge State Park. In 2008, the Museum of Appalachia accepted a donation of a children’s playhouse that originally stood in Loyston and was said to be the last intact building from the community.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loyston,_Tennessee

https://catalog.archives.gov/id/532647

Peter Bodge and the George M. Cohan Medley

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Peter Bodge is or was an American music arranger who served as a ‘house arranger’ for the Boston Pops Orchestra and Arthur Fiedler. On July 3, 1945, Leroy Anderson conducted the “Army Night” concert of the BPO at Symphony Hall. He conducted “Field Artillery March” by Sousa, “Overture to Light Calvery” by von Suppé, Scherzo from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” by Mendelssohn, the Finale from “Symphony No. 4” by Tchaikovsky, “Wine, Woman and Song” waltzes by Johann Strauss, Jr., Anderson’s own works “Jazz Pizzicato,” “Jazz Legato,” “Promenade,” and  the “Salute to Our Fighting Forces” arranged by Peter Bodge.  Other Bodge arrangements include Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Fantasy (after Churchill); America Sings; Song Fest (Pack Up Your Troubles, Smiles, Till We Meet Again, In The Shade Of The Old Apple Tree, My Wild Irish Rose, Take Me Out To The Ball Game, Sweet Adeline, Put On Your Old Gray Bonnet, There Is A Tavern In The Town, Maine Stein Song, Let Me Call You Sweetheart); and the George M. Cohan Medley.

An arrangement of the ballet Les Sylphides with music of Chopin was jointly made in the 1940s by the Boston Pops ‘house arrangers’ Leroy Anderson and Peter Bodge.   It was recorded in 1946 by that orchestra under conductor Arthur Fiedler, initially on 78s and reissued later on L.P.  “The Glow Worm Turns” is a satirical morsel of nonsense by Peter Bodge, one-time ‘house arranger’ for the Boston Pops. It’s based on Paul Lincke’s popular number “The Glow Worm” and humorously quotes from works by Richard Strauss, Rimsky-Korsakov, and Johann Strauss. It comes from a 1950s L.P. entitled “The Family All Together.”  There is a Jazz Artist, Jazz Historian, and Jazz Musician named Peter Bodge, born at Lawrence, MA, in 1937, who taught Art in Public Schools on both coasts, for 33 years, but he is undoubtedly not the Boston Pops arranger.

My collection includes the following work by Peter Bodge:

George M. Cohan Medley.

Louis Vuillemin and “Hornpipe”

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Louis Vuillemin (December 19, 1879 –April 2, 1929) was a French composer and music critic who strongly identified with his Breton heritage in his music.  Vuillemin was born on December 19, 1879, in Nantes, France.  His grandfather was the piano manufacturer M. Didion.  He studied cello and composition at the conservatory of Nantes and continued at the Conservatoire de Paris, 1899–1904, with Gabriel Fauré (composition) and Xavier Leroux (harmony).  He married young; his wife Lucy was a renowned singer at the time, and he collaborated with her in writing his vocal music. In 1912, he was one of the founding members of the Paris-based Association de Compositeurs Bretons. Drafted to World War I, he was severely wounded in a gas attack which is said to have cut short his life.

As a music critic, Vuillemin wrote numerous reviews for Comœdia, Musica, Le Courrier musical, Paris-Soir, La Lanterne, etc. He also wrote biographies of Gabriel Fauré (1914), Louis Aubert (1921), and Albert Roussel (1924).  As a composer, Vuillemin wrote in many genres including two operas, orchestral and chamber music, vocal and piano music. He attracted some attention for the Breton-influenced Soir armoricains for piano, one of many examples in which he attempted to capture the spirit of his native region. En Kernéo is another example which exists in a number of instrumentations. In these, he often used elements of Breton traditional music. An admirer of Debussy and Ravel, he set such melodies to an Impressionistic harmonic language. He died on April 2, 1929, in Paris, France.

The following work by Louis Vuillemin is contained in my collection:

Hornpipe.

Isidor Philipp and Fireflies

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Isidor (first name sometimes spelled Isidore) Edmond Philipp (September 2, 1863 –February 20, 1958) was a French pianist, composer, and pedagogue of Jewish Hungarian descent. He was born on September 2, 1863, in Budapest, Hungary.  Beginning at the age of 16, Philipp studied piano under Georges Mathias (a pupil of Frédéric Chopin and Friedrich Kalkbrenner) at the Conservatoire de Paris and won First Prize in piano performance in 1883.   Philipp worked with Mathias what the latter had worked with Chopin.  Because of his studies with Mathias and other prominent teachers, Philipp was best equipped to carry on the Chopin philosophy of teaching and by the age of 30 was recognized as the supreme authority on the piano and its literature.  Other teachers included Camille Saint-Saëns, Stephen Heller (a pupil of Carl Czerny, one of Beethoven’s students) and Théodore Ritter (a pupil of Franz Liszt). At the Conservatoire, he met fellow student Claude Debussy. They remained lifelong friends, and Philipp often played his compositions. After Debussy’s death, Philipp was regarded as the leading authority on his piano music.

After graduating from the Conservatoire, Philipp commenced a career which took him to various European countries, and he was a regular performer at the Colonne, Lamoureux, and Conservatoire concerts in Paris. He was able to hear concerts, recitals, or master classes by many of the leading pianists of the day, including Liszt and Anton Rubinstein. He knew Charles-Valentin Alkan and was a pall-bearer at the latter’s funeral in 1888; he subsequently edited many of Alkan’s works for republication.  In 1890 Philipp formed a trio with Loeb and Bertelier which toured for about a decade. He revived the Société des Instruments à Vent from 1896 to 1901. However, he eventually curtailed his concertizing, as he found lasting satisfaction in teaching. He returned to the Conservatoire de Paris, where he was a pre-eminent professor of piano from 1893 to 1934, one of the youngest ever appointed to that institution. From 1921 to 1933, Philipp was also the head of the piano section at the American Conservatory of Fontainebleau, which became famous for starting the careers of many notable American composers. His home in Paris contained many ancient and unusual instruments and other musical artifacts. When the Nazis entered Paris in World War II and Philipp fled to the United States in 1940, the Nazis confiscated the contents of his apartment.

As a performer, Philipp’s repertoire was wide, from the earliest keyboard masters to contemporary composers. Philipp recorded several works by his teacher Saint-Saëns: these include chamber music and the Scherzo for two pianos Op. 87, with his assistant Marcelle Herrenschmidt (1895–1974).  Additionally, he recorded the Saint-Saëns Violin Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 75 and Cello Sonatas Nos. 1 and 2 for the Pearl label, as well as a collection of his own pieces and works of Italian masters of the renaissance. There exists a recording of Philipp playing the piano in the Bach 5th Brandenburg Concerto, which aired by the NBC Symphony Orchestra in the early 1930s and was made by recording off the radio.  And the first movement of Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 19 in F major, K. 459 can be heard, which is likely a radio broadcast made when he was 90 years old.   The list of Isidor Philipp’s students who became notable pianists, composers or conductors is very long, and includes Stell Andersen, Dwight Anderson, Grace Barnes, Emma Boynet, Harold Bradley, John Buttrick, Serge Conus, Aaron Copland, Jeanne-Marie Darré, Pierre Dervaux, Ania Dorfmann, Rolande Falcinelli, Felix Fox, Jean Françaix, Henri Gagnon, Youra Guller, Georges Hugon, Fernando Laires, Malvina Leshock, Yvonne Loriod, Nikita Magaloff, Federico Mompou, Léo-Pol Morin, Guiomar Novaes, Ozan Marsh, Wilfrid Pelletier, Émile Poillot, Harrison Potter, noted philosopher Albert Schweitzer, Phyllis Sellick, Soulima Stravinsky, Louise Talma, Alexander Tcherepnin, Beveridge Webster, and Victor Young.

Philipp’s compositions include Rêverie mélancolique and Sérénade humoristique for orchestra, a concertino for three pianos (which has been recently performed in the USA), The Fantasmorgories Suite, Suite for Two Pianos, 6 Concert Studies after Chopin’s Études, Concert Étude after Chopin’s Minute Waltz, 2 Valse-Caprices on Themes of Schubert, 4 Valse-Caprices on themes of Strauss, and arrangements and transcriptions such as the Scherzo from Felix Mendelssohn’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream for two pianos, and a large number of works by Bach transcribed for one or two pianos. He wrote a considerable number of transcriptions for the left hand. He is best known for his technical exercises and educational works” such as “The Complete School of Piano Technique,” published by Theodore Presser. Additionally, he published an anthology of French music from the 17th century to the end of the 19th. He was a regular contributor to The Étude, Le Ménéstral, The Musician, and Le Courrier Musical magazines, and published several short books on technique, including “Some Thoughts on Piano Playing.”  He also edited music by Albéniz, Alkan, Bizet, Chabrier, Chaminade, Couperin, Debussy, Delibes, Dvořák, Fauré, Franck, Godard, Gouvy, d’Indy, Kabalevsky, Khachaturian, Lully, Massenet, Mozart, Pierné, Prokofiev, Pugno, Rachmaninoff, Rameau, Ravel, Saint-Saëns, Scarlatti, Schumann, Widor, and others.  Most of these edited works, especially the piano concertos, remain the standard interpretations today and have not been improved upon or updated.

Philipp left for the United States in 1941 and taught in New York and L’Alliance Francais in Louiseville, Quebec, Canada. During the war, he taught piano in New York City and at the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. While he was in New York, he gave recitals with the violinist John Corigliano, Sr. Corigliano was the longtime concertmaster of the New York Philharmonic.  After the war, he spent the rest of his life between New York City and Paris.  On March 20  1955, at the age of 91, he played the piano part in both Saint-Saëns’ D minor Sonata and César Franck’s Violin Sonata in New York, returning to Paris a year later. He gave his farewell recital at the age of 92, in Paris. He died in Paris, France on February 20, 1958, at the age of 94 after a fall on the Paris metro.  He was buried in Père Lachaise Cemetery.  In the 1970s the Isidor Philipp Archives were deposited at the University of Louisville by the American Liszt Society. They gathered his compositions for the piano, his exercises and studies, his editions of the works of Franz Liszt, as well as exercises, studies and works on other composers, recordings, correspondence, photographs, and other artifacts.  The University of Louisville Isidor Philipp Archive is held at the Dwight Anderson Music Library in Louisville, Kentucky.

My collection includes the following work by Isidor Philipp:

Fireflies.

God Doesn’t Always Call the Most Equipped

God Doesn’t Always Call the Most Equipped
Mary Biever, Crosswalk.com’s Homeschool Encouragement (Monday, March 26, 2012)

“YOU may homeschool, but I couldn’t,” a mom a year tells me. Today was this year’s day.

“That’s what I said. If I hadn’t been called by God, I wouldn’t homeschool.”

The mother on the other side of this conversation stared skeptically.

I am reminded of Moses, when God called him with a burning bush. Moses argued; he didn’t speak well in public. God was persistent, and finally Moses relented.

How closely that rings to my experiences. I was called to homeschool eleven years ago, when my daughter was three. But I argued…

Read more:

https://www.crosswalk.com/family/homeschool/god-doesnt-always-call-the-most-equipped-11575682.html