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Lorenz Hart

Lorenz Hart (right) with Richard Rodgers in 1936.
Background information
Birth name Lorenz Milton Hart
Born 2 May 1895(1895-05-02)
New York City, New York, USA
Died 22 November 1943 (aged 48)
New York City, New York, USA
Genres Musical theatre
Occupations Composer, songwriter, playwright
Years active 1919-1943

Lorenz "Larry" Hart (May 2, 1895 – November 22, 1943) was the lyricist half of the famed Broadway songwriting team Rodgers and Hart. Some of his more famous lyrics include, "Blue Moon", "Isn't It Romantic?", "Mountain Greenery", "The Lady Is a Tramp", "Manhattan", "Where or When", "Bewitched, Bothered, and Bewildered", "Falling in Love with Love", "I'll Tell The Man In The Street" and "My Funny Valentine".

Hart was born in Harlem to Jewish immigrant parents. He attended Columbia University, where a friend introduced him to Richard Rodgers, and the two joined forces to write songs for a series of amateur and student productions. In 1919, the team's song "Any Old Place With You" was included in the Broadway musical comedy A Lonely Romeo. The great success of their score for the 1925 Theatre Guild production, The Garrick Gaieties, brought them great acclaim.

They continued working together until Hart's death in 1943, along the way producing scores for a series of hit shows and making a substantial contribution to the Great American Songbook. Hart also translated plays for the Shubert brothers while continuing to collaborate with Rodgers (who later collaborated with Oscar Hammerstein).

As a lyricist, Hart was an advocate of internal rhyme and multisyllabic rhyming, and his lyrics have often been praised for their wit and technical sophistication.

He struggled with alcoholism, which contributed to his death.

Hart also suffered great emotional turmoil towards the end of his life. His personal problems, including his struggle with being homosexual, were often the cause of friction between him and Rodgers; in fact this led to a brief breakup in 1943, at which time Rodgers started working with Oscar Hammerstein II, a school friend of Hart. Hart's life was heavily sanitized and romanticized for the 1948 MGM biopic Words and Music.

Rodgers and Hart teamed a final time in the fall of 1943 for a revival of A Connecticut Yankee. Five days after this show opened, Hart died in New York City of pneumonia from exposure. He is believed to have died alone. He is buried in Mount Zion Cemetery in Queens County, New York.

Contents

Selected list of works

Notable songs

Further reading

  • Hart, Dorothy. Thou Swell, Thou Witty: The Life and Lyrics of Lorenz Hart. New York: Harper & Row, 1976.
  • Nolan, Frederick W. Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway. New York: Oxford University Press, 1994.
  • Marx, Samuel, and Jan Clayton. Rodgers & Hart: Bewitched, Bothered, and Bedeviled : an Anecdotal Account. New York: Putnam, 1976.
  • Friends of the USC Libraries. The Hart of the Matter: A Celebration of Lorenz Hart, September 30, 1973. [Los Angeles]: Friends of the USC Libraries, University of Southern California, 1973.

References

  • Nolan, Frederick. Lorenz Hart: A Poet on Broadway. New York: Oxford University Press (1994). ISBN 0-19-510289-4

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Hart (right) with Richard Rodgers

Lorenz Hart (May 2, 1895November 22, 1943) was an American lyricist, famous for his work with Richard Rodgers.

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"Blue Moon" (1934)

  • Blue Moon,
    You saw me standing alone,
    Without a dream in my heart,
    Without a love of my own.
  • Blue Moon,
    You knew just what I was there for,
    You heard me saying a prayer for,
    Someone I really could care for.
  • Blue Moon,
    Now I'm no longer alone,
    Without a dream in my heart,
    Without a love of my own.

Mountain Greenery (1935)

  • Bless our Mountain Greenery home!
    In a mountain greenery
    Where God paints the scenery
    Just two crazy people together

"The Lady Is a Tramp" (1937)

  • She gets too hungry for dinner at eight...
    She likes a crap game, but never come late...
    She'd never bother with people she hates...
    That's why the lady is a tramp.

Bewitched (1940)

  • I'm wild again, beguiled again
    A simpering, whimpering child again;
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - am I.

    Couldn't sleep and wouldn't sleep
    When love came and told me, I shouldn't sleep;
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered - am I.
    I'm wild again! Beguiled again!
    A simpering, whimpering child again,
    Bewitched, bothered and bewildered am I.

Have You Met Miss Jones?

  • And all at once I lost my breath
    And all at once was scared to death
    For all at once I owned the earth and sky.
    Now I've met Miss Jones
    We'll keep on meeting till we die,
    Yes, Miss Jones and I.

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