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More on Richard Rodgers

Posted at 8:39 AM on June 28, 2006 by Rex Levang

Couple other Richard Rodgers waltzes, continuing John's thread of a few days back: "Lover" and "Falling in Love with Love." (At least I think that last one is in waltz time.)

People have pointed out -- and rightly -- the differences between Rodgers and Hart, and Rodgers and Hammerstein. But there's also a continuity there. Some of the thumbprints remain the same. A liking for waltzes is one.

Another example: take the first phrase of "Surrey with the Fringe on Top," slow it down, and smoosh the repeated notes into one long note -- and you'll get something quite close to the first phrase of "The Blue Room." And yet they have two different lyricists.

Any other composer thumbprints that people have noticed?