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Thread #13125   Message #4021745
Posted By: Joe Offer
30-Nov-19 - 03:47 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Add: When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Hammerstein
Subject: RE: ADD: When I Grow Too Old to Dream (Hammerstein)
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) wrote lyrics for a number of composers before he teamed with Richard Rogers in 1943. He teamed with composer Jerome Kern to write Show Boat in 1927, and he and Kern did a number of other productions. I suppose his most famous collaboration with Sigmund Romberg was The Desert Song, 1926. My dad used to sing "Stout-Hearted Men" from the Romberg-Hammerstein operetta The New Moon. Dad sang it in tandem with "The Marine Hymn," so I assumed for years that it was a song of the U.S. Marines.
Hammerstein's lyrics often explored social justice issues. Show Boat explored the issue of interracial marriage way back in 1927. South Pacific hit the topic of racism much harder in 1949. Carousel explored the issue of spousal abuse.