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Some Enchanted Evening

Some Enchanted Evening
Richard Rodgers (1902-1979) and
Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)
"Some Enchanted Evening"
from South Pacific
Holograph, 1949
Music Division
Motion Picture, Broadcasting &
Recorded Sound Division

Gift of Composer, 1960 (170A)

Beginning with Oklahoma! (1943) and Carousel (1945), Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II ushered in what has been called the Golden Age of the American musical--integrating song, dance, and drama in the context of serious subject matter and characters. They wrote many songs that have become popular standards; "Some Enchanted Evening" from South Pacific (awarded the Pulitzer Prize for drama in 1950) is one of their best known.

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