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May and January

From Knickerbocker Holiday - Digital Sheet Music

May and January

From Knickerbocker Holiday - Digital Sheet Music

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May and January sheet music from Knickerbocker Holiday
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May and January from Knickerbocker Holiday - Digital Sheet Music
Oscar nomination: Best Scoring of a Musical Picture (Werner R. Heymann and Kurt Weill). Overview: Knickerbocker Holiday is a thoughtfully created film that missed. Producer-Director Harry Joe Brown (Alexander's Ragtime Band, Down Argentine Way ) obviously put a lot of love into the film, but critics and audiences alike agreed that it just didn't click. With World War II raging, the time was ripe for a reaffirmation of the "American spirit," the complex national emotions that are represented in political jargon by mother and apple pie. Meet Me in St. Louis achieved this synthesis, but, with a little more thought, a little more insight, and a little more luck, Knickerbocker Holiday might have done so also. The film illustrates some of the many pitfalls that threaten a stage production in transition to the screen. The stage Knickerbocker had music by the master, Kurt Weill, but only three of his songs survived the trip. The haunting "There Never Was You" got lost along the way. Jule Styne and Sammy Cahn contributed most of the new songs. There's even one song with lyrics by Nelson Eddy and music by his accompanist, Ted Paxson. The stage Knickerbocker, which admittedly enjoyed only a modest success, concerned the gut issues of patriotism, political corruption, man's inhumanity to man, and the rights of the individual to dissent. In the strongly pacifistic times before World War II, it depicted war as a condition brought about by greedy politicians. The film version, coming in the midst of a worldwide conflict, tiptoed delicately over anything resembling an issue and came up with a curious tangle of operetta love story and patriotic homilies. Villainy was of the black-and-white horse opera variety. Maxwell Anderson's stage script concerned the search by author Washington Irving for the roots of the American spirit. He finally discovers it in the person of Brom Broeck, "the first American." Together they explore the elusive American quality in "How Can You Tell an American?" Their description of this highly unorthodox individual seems mild by today's standards, but in 1944, "a really fantastic and inexcusable aversion to taking orders" would have been regarded as dangerous, possibly even traitorous.
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Title:

May and January

From:

Knickerbocker Holiday

Instruments:

Voice, range: C#4-G5 Piano

Scorings:

Piano/Vocal

Piano/Vocal/Chords

Original Published Key:

G Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0043076

Price:

$5.50
Includes digital copy + 1 print. Each additional print is $3.99

Number of Pages:

2

Lyrics Begin:

Behold the fates and years contrary plighting May and January.

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From:

Knickerbocker Holiday

Additional Performer:

Lotte Lenya

Number of Pages:

2

Form:

Song

Instruments:

Voice, range: C#4-G5 Piano

Scorings:

Piano/Vocal

Piano/Vocal/Chords

Original Published Key:

G Major

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0043076

Tempo:

Allegretto

Metronome:

q. = 100

Styles:

Cabaret

Movie/TV

Show/Broadway

Pop Vocal

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Composer:

Kurt Weill

Lyricist:

Maxwell Anderson

Date:

1938

Publisher:

Alfred Publishing Co., Inc.

Product Type:

Musicnotes

Product #:

MN0043076

Lyrics Begin:

Behold the fates and years contrary plighting May and January.

From the Show:

Knickerbocker Holiday

From the Book:

Kurt Weill Songs: A Centennial Anthology, Volume 1

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