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Rodgers in Three-Quarter Time

Posted at 8:11 AM on June 26, 2006 by John Birge (1 Comments)
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If Johann Strauss Jr. is "The Waltz King," I might nominate Richard Rodgers for the number 2 spot ("The Waltz Prince?") in the triple-time pantheon (pace Franz Lehar). In any case, Rodgers excelled at waltz tunes. After playing Stephen Hough's beautifully intimate arrangement of "Hello Young Lovers" this morning on the radio, I started this list of great Rodgers waltzes:

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Hello Young Lovers
My Favorite Things
Oh What a Beautiful Mornin'
Out of My Dreams
Im in Love with a Wonderful Guy
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But this is just a start; now it's your turn to help complete the list with titles I've omitted. I'd also love to know which ones are your favorites, and why.

BTW, I just noticed that I've listed only Rodgers & Hammerstein songs, but in truth I much prefer the Rodgers & Hart songbook. So, bonus points if your suggestions include titles from Lorenz Hart...


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You left off "The Most Beautiful Girl in the World", one of the most hummable tunes ever written.

Posted by RevJATB | June 26, 2006 10:04 PM