Biography

Contents

Composers

Bach, Johann Sebastian

Johann Sebastian Bach
DBM 2893
Portrait-in-sound of J.S. Bach, with music examples included.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Bach
DBM 1623

Bartók, Béla

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Bartók
DBM 1662

Beethoven, Ludwig van

Beethoven the Incredible
DBM 369
Fictionalized account of Beethoven’s life.

Beethoven, the Man
DBM 1513
Heywood Hale Broun discusses Beethoven’s social relationships and psychology and their effect on his compositions.

Beethoven, the Man Who Set Music Free
DBM 938
Biography of Beethoven and excerpts from his music.

Beethoven, the Pastoral Symphony
DBM 3419
Jeremy Siepmann discusses Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6 (“Pastoral”).

Beethoven, Revolutionary Artist
DBM 1514
From the BBC, commentary of Beethoven’s impact and “hero” status in music history.

Great Masters: Beethoven, His Life and Music
DBM 2435
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of the composer.

Life and Works: Ludwig van Beethoven
DBM 3625
Portrait-in-sound of the composer as he comes to grips with the greatest disability a musician can suffer.

Ludwig van Beethoven
DBM 84
Biography of the composer.

The Music of Beethoven
DBM 28
Outlines the career of the great German composer.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Beethoven
DBM 1628

Berlioz, Hector

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Berlioz
DBM 1633

Bizet, Georges

Life and Music of Georges Bizet
DBM 987
The life and work of Georges Bizet.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Bizet
DBM 1644

Boulez, Pierre

Experiments in Electronics
DBM 330
Composer-conductor Pierre Boulez discusses his search for a new musical language.

Brahms, Johannes

Brahms
DBM 627
Description of life and musical style of the great German composer, accompanied by excerpts of his major works.

Great Masters: Brahms, His Life and Music
DBM 2429
Robert Greenberg lectures on the composer and his music.

Johannes Brahms
DBM 85
Biography of the composer.

Life and Works: Johannes Brahms
DBM 3622
Biography of the composer. Musical excerpts included.

The Music of Brahms
DBM 164
Describes the life and work of the composer.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Brahms
DBM 1642

Britten, Benjamin

Benjamin Britten, the Early Years
DBM 1518
From the “BBC Study Tape” series, focuses on events surrounding the premiere of Peter Grimes and biographical information about Britten’s childhood and musical talent.

Buxtehude, Dietrich

Lübeck, the Abendmusiken Concerts Established by Dietrich Buxtehude
DBM 389
Discussion of Buxtehude’s fame as an organist, influence as a composer, and role in establishing the Abendmusiken, a series of concerts held on the five Sundays preceding Christmas.

Cage, John

Merce Cunningham and John Cage
DBM 124
Two artists discuss their innovations in music and choreography and describe their collaboration.

Chopin, Frédéric

Frédéric François Chopin
DBM 102
Biography of the composer.

Life and Works: Chopin
DBM 3626
Jeremy Siepmann tells of the composer’s life, with music examples included.

Poet of the Piano: Chopin
DBM 371
Fictionalized biography of Frédéric Chopin, illustrated with orchestral versions of his piano music.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Chopin
DBM 1635

Copland, Aaron

An Aaron Copland Portrait
DBM 134
Interview with Aaron Copland, who discusses the use of folk material in his opera The Tender Land.

Copland, Gershwin, and Piston
DBM 25
A discussion of three contemporary American composers.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Copland
DBM 1666

Corelli, Arcangelo

Corelli and Vivaldi: Their Lives and Their Music
DBM 1292
An early twentieth-century discovery of manuscripts sparks a renaissance of interest in Vivaldi’s music. Archangel Corelli’s life as a violinist and composer is presented.

Debussy, Claude

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Debussy
DBM 1655

Dohnanyi, Ernst von

Ernst von Dohnanyi
DBM 149
Dohnanyi plays his compositions and talks about his musical career.

Ernst von Dohnanyi in Concert
DBM 148
Dohnanyi tells of his early concert days.

Donizetti, Gaetano

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Donizetti
DBM 1632

Dvořák, Antonín

Antonín Dvořák
DBM 3620
Portrait-in-sound of Antonín Dvořák.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Dvořák
DBM 1647

Ellington, Duke

Duke Ellington
DBM 933
Mike Whorf interviews friends and relatives of the pianist and bandleader.

Falla, Manuel D.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: de Falla
DBM 1661

Fauré, Gabriel

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Fauré
DBM 1650

Foster, Stephen Collins

Beautiful Dreamer
DBM 930
Biography and music of Stephen Foster.

The Foster Nobody Knows
DBM 988
Biography of Stephen Foster.

Franck, César

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Franck
DBM 1640

Gershwin, George

Copland, Gershwin, and Piston
DBM 25
A discussion of three contemporary American composers.

George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue”
DBM 891
The story behind writing this composition and performing it with Paul Whiteman in New York. Gershwin cut the piano roll used for this performance.

Gershwin
DBM 709
Description of life and musical style of Gershwin.

The Gershwin Years
DBM 614
Overview of Gershwin’s life, with several songs from stage musicals.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Gershwin
DBM 1665

Gluck, Christoph

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Gluck
DBM 1625

Gottschalk, Louis Moreaux

America’s First Superstar
DBM 951
Biography of Louis Moreaux Gottschalk, who used American folk music in his compositions.

Grieg, Edvard

Grieg
DBM 998
Biography and music of the Norwegian-born composer who wove the folk melodies of his homeland into his works.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Grieg
DBM 1648

Handel, George Frideric

The Music of Handel
DBM 140
Details Handel’s career as a composer.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Handel
DBM 1624

Haydn, Franz Joseph

Franz Josef Haydn
DBM 104
Introduction to the composer’s life.

Great Masters: Haydn, His Life and Music
DBM 2427
Eight lectures on the life and music of Haydn.

Haydn
DBM 706
Description of life and musical style of the great Austrian composer.

Josef Haydn
DBM 671
Biography plus musical examples.

Life and Works: Joseph Haydn
DBM 3621
A review of Haydn’s life.

The Music of Haydn
DBM 165
Describes the finer points of Haydn’s music as seen in his Symphony No. 94 and his Concerto for trumpet and orchestra.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Haydn
DBM 1626

Henze, Hans Werner

Spotlight on Hans Werner Henze
DBM 290
A contemporary German composer discusses successful opera.

Herbert, Victor

The Legend of Victor Herbert
DBM 612
Focus on Victor Herbert, one of the founders of ASCAP, covering his career.

Victor Herbert
DBM 585
Biography. Includes selections from Victor Herbert’s musical comedies.

Hoddinott, Alun

Moelwyn Merchant Talks with Composer Alun Hoddinott
DBM 321
The composer talks about his and other composers’ work.

Ives, Charles

Charles Ives: Fascination with What Is Difficult; Eric Satie: Man in the Grey Velvet Suit
DBM 1509
Gilbert Highet discusses the lives of two composers, Charles Ives and Erik Satie.

Janáček, Leoš

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Janáček
DBM 1654

Johnson, James P. (James Price)

James P. Johnson
DBM 858
The composer of “Charleston” and “If I Could Be with You” ranked along with Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton as the father of the eastern Harlem stride style.

Liszt, Franz

Franz Liszt
DBM 673
Biography plus musical examples.

Great Masters: Liszt, His Life and Music
DBM 2419
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Franz Liszt.

Liszt
DBM 708
Description of music and musical style of the great Hungarian composer and pianist.

Liszt: His Life and Music
DBM 3637
This biography explores a life lived for long periods in France, Switzerland, Germany, Italy and the composer’s native Hungary.

Liszt: Life and Works
DBM 3624
Actors’ readings combine with musical excerpts to paint a living portrait of a complex man.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Liszt
DBM 1637

Mahler, Gustav

Great Masters: Mahler, His Life and Music
DBM 2433
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Mahler.

Recollections of Mahler
DBM 108
Musicians, acquaintances, and Mahler’s daughter describe their experiences with the composer and discuss his personal and professional life.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Mahler
DBM 1652

Mendelssohn, Felix

Felix Mendelssohn
DBM 161
Discusses the life and music of Felix Mendelssohn.

Felix Mendelssohn
DBM 674
Biography plus musical examples.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Mendelssohn
DBM 1634

Monteverdi, Claudio

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Monteverdi
DBM 1619

Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus

Great Masters: Mozart, His Life and Music
DBM 2441
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Mozart.

The Music of Mozart
DBM 27
The third movements from Mozart’s Piano Concerto No. 26 in D Major and his Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat Major illustrate Mozart’s musical development.

Profile: Mozart
DBM 962
The universal genius and unique style of Mozart are discussed along with his personal life.

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
DBM 2891
This portrait-in-sound reveals a fascinating character, drawing on the words of the composer himself and those who knew him.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Mozart
DBM 1627

Mussorgsky, Modest

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Mussorgsky
DBM 1645

Offenbach, Jacques

Death in A Major
DBM 970
The story of Offenbach’s near lifelong quest of a haunting melody, his famous “Barcarolle.”

Piston, Walter

Copland, Gershwin, and Piston
DBM 25
A discussion of three contemporary American composers.

Palestrina, Giovanni

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Palestrina
DBM 1618

Prokofiev, Sergei

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Prokofiev
DBM 1664

Puccini, Giacomo

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Puccini
DBM 1651

Purcell, Henry

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Purcell
DBM 1620

Rachmaninoff, Sergei

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Rachmaninoff
DBM 1658

Rameau, Jean Philippe

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Rameau
DBM 1622

Ravel, Maurice

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Ravel
DBM 1660

Rimsky-Korsakov, Nikolay

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Rimsky-Korsakov
DBM 1649
Rossini, Gioacchino

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Rossini
DBM 1631

Saint-Saëns, Camille

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Saint-Saëns
DBM01643 (cartridge only)

Satie, Erik

Charles Ives: Fascination with What Is Difficult; Erik Satie: Man in the Grey Velvet Suit
DBM01509 (cartridge only)
Gilbert Highet discusses the lives of two composers, Charles Ives and Erik Satie.

Schoenberg, Arnold

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Schoenberg
DBM 1659

Schubert, Peter Franz

Franz Schubert
DBM 672
Biography plus musical examples.

Life and Works: Franz Schubert
DBM 3619
A dramatized biography of Schubert, illustrated with musical examples.

Peter Franz Schubert
DBM 101
Story of the composer who couldn’t afford to rent a piano to do his writing.

Schubert
DBM 707
Description of life and musical style of the great Austrian composer.

Schubert: Songwriter and Symphonist
DBM 1512

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Schubert
DBM 1629

Schuman, William

Close-up on William Schuman
DBM 286
Reminiscences of the composer, educational administrator, and president of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

Schumann, Robert

Great Masters: Robert and Clara Schumann, Their Lives and Music
DBM 2423
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Robert and Clara Schumann.

Robert Schumann
DBM 14
David Randolph discusses the life of the composer.

A Tribute to Schumann
DBM 924

The life and work of Robert Schumann.
The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Schumann

DBM 1636

Schütz, Heinrich

Dresden
DBM 384
Lecture on Heinrich Schütz, stressing his importance in applying Italian polychoral style and dramatic monody to German church music.

Shostakovich, Dmitri

Great Masters: Shostakovich, His Life and Music
DBM 2421
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Dmitri Shostakovich.

Shostakovich and Stravinsky
DBM 301
Lecture on the life and work of two leading Russian composers.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Shostakovich
DBM 1667

Sibelius, Jean

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Sibelius
DBM 1656

Sousa, John Philip

John Philip Sousa
DBM 297
Discussion concerning the great composer’s life, highlighted by comments of friends and associates.

Marching Along
DBM 851
John Philip Sousa wrote more than one hundred marches. Interviews with his daughter Helen and friend Meredith Willson, and examples of his music such as El Capitan.

The Sousa Nobody Knows
DBM 971
Explores other compositions Sousa wrote besides his well-known marches, such as a tango called “Gliding Girl,” composed in 1912.

Strauss, Johann

Johann Strauss II
DBM 710
Description of life and music of the Waltz King.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Johann Strauss
DBM 1641

Strauss, Richard
The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Richard Strauss

DBM 1653

Stravinsky, Igor

Great Masters: Stravinsky, His Life and Music
DBM 2431
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Stravinsky.

Shostakovich and Stravinsky
DBM 301
Lecture on the life and work of two leading Russian composers.

A Sound Portrait of Igor Stravinsky
DBM 719
Illustrated by writings from Stravinsky, as well as Debussy and Rimsky-Korsakov, and interviews with Elliot Carter and John Rosen.

Spotlight on Igor Stravinsky
DBM 56
Igor Stravinsky invites the listener into his Hollywood studio to hear a conversation with conductor Robert Craft.

Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
DBM 3563
Analysis in words with musical examples.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Stravinsky
DBM 1663

Tchaikovsky, Peter

Great Masters: Tchaikovsky, His Life and Music
DBM 2425
Robert Greenberg lectures on the life and music of Tchaikovsky.

Life and Works: Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
DBM 3623
The drama of his emotional life is vividly reflected in his music, letters, and diaries, all of which play a major part in this intimate portrait-in-sound.

The Music of Tchaikovsky: Music by the Melancholy Russian
DBM 23
Excerpts from The Nutcracker Suite, Sleeping Beauty, and Symphony No. 4 show how Tchaikovsky’s music is rooted in Russian folk music.

Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
DBM 194
David Randolph introduces many of Tchaikovsky’s compositions.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Tchaikovsky
DBM 1646

Tippett, Michael

Sir Michael Tippett
DBM 1519
Biography and discussion of the composer’s life. Includes interviews with Tippett and others.

Vaughan Williams, Ralph

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Vaughan Williams
DBM 1657
Verdi, Giuseppe

A General Lecture on Verdi
DBM 1336
This composer, born into poverty, became one of the greatest opera composers of all time.

The History Makers: Giuseppe Verdi
DBM 405
Narrated by John Green.

The Master of Melody: Verdi
DBM 948
Biography of the renowned opera composer, his tragedy, and his triumphs.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Verdi
DBM 1639

Vivaldi, Antonio

Corelli and Vivaldi: Their Lives and Their Music
DBM 1292
Narrated by Ward Botsford.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Vivaldi
DBM 1621

Wagner, Richard

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: Wagner
DBM 1638

Walton, William

Sir William Walton
DBM 1520
Biography and discussion of the composer. Includes interview with Walton and others and extracts from his works.

Weber, Karl Maria von

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers: von Weber
DBM 1630

Weill, Kurt

The Musical Maverick
DBM 611
Discussion of Kurt Weill, composer of such operas as Threepenny Opera and Mahagonny and such popular songs as “Mack the Knife” and “September Song.” Collaborators Ira Gershwin, Langston Hughes, and Ogden Nash tell their stories about his work in America.

The World’s 50 Greatest Composers

Johann Sebastian Bach DBM 1623
Béla Bartók DBM 1662
Ludwig van Beethoven DBM 1628
Hector Berlioz DBM 1633
Georges Bizet DBM 1644
Johannes Brahms DBM 1642
Frédéric Chopin DBM 1635
Aaron Copland DBM 1666
Claude Debussy DBM 1655
Gaetano Donizetti DBM 1632
Antonín Dvořák DBM 1647
Manuel de Falla DBM 1661
Gabriel Fauré DBM 1650
César Franck DBM 1640
George Gershwin DBM 1665
Christoph Gluck DBM 1625
Edvard Grieg DBM 1648
George Frideric Handel DBM 1624
Franz Joseph Haydn DBM 1626
Leoš Janáček DBM 1654
Franz Liszt DBM 1637
Gustav Mahler DBM 1652
Felix Mendelssohn DBM 1634
Claudio Monteverdi DBM 1619
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart DBM 1627
Modest Mussorgsky DBM 1645
Giovanni da Palestrina DBM 1618
Sergei Prokofiev DBM 1664
Giacomo Puccini DBM 1651
Henry Purcell DBM 1620
Sergei Rachmaninoff DBM 1658
Jean-Philippe Rameau DBM 1622
Maurice Ravel DBM 1660
Nikolay Rimsky-Korsakov DBM 1649
Gioacchino Rossini DBM 1631
Camille Saint-Saëns DBM 1643
Arnold Schoenberg DBM 1659
Franz Schubert DBM 1629
Robert Schumann DBM 1636
Dmitri Shostakovich DBM 1667
Jean Sibelius DBM 1656
Johann Strauss DBM 1641
Richard Strauss DBM 1653
Igor Stravinsky DBM 1663
Peter Tchaikovsky DBM 1646
Ralph Vaughan Williams DBM 1657
Giuseppe Verdi DBM 1639
Antonio Vivaldi DBM 1621
Richard Wagner DBM 1638
Karl Maria von Weber DBM 1630

Conductors

Ormandy, Eugene

Spotlight on Eugene Ormandy
DBM 265
The conductor reminisces about his boyhood, Vienna, and other musicians.

Stokowski, Leopold

A Leopold Stokowski Profile
DBM 162
Autobiographical account of Stokowski’s unusual range of musical activity.

Szell, George

Maestro George Szell
DBM 472
A great conductor demonstrates his artistry in these rehearsals and concerts.

Toscanini, Arturo

Maestro Arturo Toscanini
DBM 270
This tribute to the famed maestro includes a discussion of his life and work as a conductor, composer, and teacher.

The Man and the Legend–Arturo Toscanini
DBM 913
Called saint and demon, tyrant and democrat, it was an epic experience to play under this great musician of the world.

Educators

Boulanger, Nadia

Focus on Nadia Boulanger
DBM 296
Nadia Boulanger, distinguished teacher of Aaron Copland and numerous other successful composers, discusses her teaching philosophy, and comments on success in the world of music.

The Influence of Nadia Boulanger
DBM 173
Nadia Boulanger explains how she develops her students’ creative abilities and musical artistry.

Music for Children
DBM 263
Interviews with: Doreen Hall, a leading exponent of the Orff system of music education; Donald Himes, a teacher of eurhythmics; and Derek Healey, a composer.

Performers

Astaire, Fred

The Legend of Fred Astaire
DBM 819
Biography of Fred Astaire, dance master of the stage and screen.

Austin, Gene

The Legend of Gene Austin
DBM 826
Describes Austin as a kind and generous human being, whose legacy can be summed up by the dictum to embrace the present.

Baez, Joan

The Singer as Activist
DBM 113
Interview with folk singer Joan Baez and her family and friends. Discusses her career and her involvement with the Monterey Institute for the Study of Nonviolence.

Beiderbecke, Bix

Bix Beiderbecke
DBM 1523
Heywood Hale Broun and Bud Freeman discuss Ralph Burton’s book Remembering Bix with the author.

Belafonte, Harry

Spotlight on Harry Belafonte
DBM 287
The prominent singer and entertainer discusses his life on stage.

Benny, Jack

Jack Benny
DBM 881
Biography of the entertainer who adopted a character that never aged beyond thirty-nine years, played the violin, and personified a vain and miserly performer.

Blake, Eubie

Eubie Blake
DBM 1521

Memories of Eubie
DBM 728
The ninety-six-year-old ragtime musician reminisces about his many years in show business.

Borge, Victor

Clown Prince of Denmark
DBM 1002
Biography, music, and comedy of Victor Borge. Includes the story of a Mozart opera and phonetic punctuation.

Brice, Fanny

Fanny
DBM 925
Fanny Brice began her stage career at age fourteen and was a showstopper from her first performance.

Britto, Carol

Carol Britto
DBM 1245
For two decades she delighted Toronto jazz fans. Carol Britto has returned to her native country, making waves on the New York music scene with her impressive piano skills.

Burton, Gary

Gary Burton
DBM 1249
Marian McPartland interviews Burton and the two blend talents on a duet of “The Night Has a Thousand Eyes.”

Cage, John

John Cage and Burl Ives
DBM 1516

Calloway, Paul

Todd Duncan and Paul Calloway
DBM 83
Todd Duncan, the original Porgy in Porgy and Bess, and Paul Calloway, the Washington Cathedral’s director of music, discuss their difficulties in achieving success.

Cantor, Eddie

Gerald Marks on Eddie Cantor
DBM 876
Interview with composer and historian of Tin Pan Alley, Gerald Marks, and his recollections of the “saucer-eyed” entertainer, Eddie Cantor.

Caruso, Enrico

Hall of Fame
DBM 989
Biography of the world-famous tenor.

Casals, Pablo

Spotlight on Pablo Casals
DBM 293
The renowned cellist discusses his music and ideas.

Chaplin, Charlie

The Comedian
DBM 986
Biography of world-famous comedian Charlie Chaplin.

Chevalier, Maurice

Close-up on Maurice Chevalier
DBM 320
An entertainer recalls his love affairs with Parisian and American audiences.

Colianni, John

John Colianni
DBM 1235
A powerful duet of “Get Happy” concludes a session with Marian McPartland.

Columbo, Russ

The Legend of Russ Columbo
DBM 833
A crooner of the 1930s who reflects on the slowdown in musical style after the stock market crash.

Copeland, Johnny

Johnny Copeland
DBM 1232
The singer and guitarist explains the difference between Texas country blues and Texas city blues and why his music is often considered the quintessence of just plain Texas blues.

Corea, Chick

Chick Corea
DBM 1250
Chick Corea joins Marian McPartland for a dazzling mix of talk, improvisations, and musical portraits.

Crosby, Bing

Close-up on Bing Crosby
DBM 284
A giant in show business tells the story of his life and work.

Dapogny, James

James Dapogny
DBM 1254
A specialist on piano music tells his favorite tales of the legendary Jelly Roll Morton and plays tunes by Morton and Gershwin.

Disney, Walt

Walt Disney’s Dream Factory
DBM 846
Biography and excerpts of music from Disney’s movies such as “Chim Chim Cher-ee” sung by Dick Van Dyke, “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf,” and “Alice in Wonderland.”

Duchin, Peter

Peter Duchin
DBM 1257
He began studying music at five and went on to lead his own orchestra.

Duncan, Todd

Todd Duncan and Paul Calloway
DBM 83
Todd Duncan, the original Porgy in Porgy and Bess, and Paul Calloway, the Washington Cathedral’s director of music, discuss their difficulties in achieving success.

Durante, Jimmy

The Legend of Jimmy Durante
DBM 828
The Great Durante began his career as a ragtime pianist in 1913. Reminiscences of his radio days include portions of broadcasts and songs he played and sang.

Eldridge, Roy

Roy Eldridge
DBM 1238
The great jazz trumpet stylist displays his piano abilities by playing several of his own works and a composition penned by both Marian McPartland and Eldridge, the “M and R Blues.”

Ellington, Duke

Duke Ellington
DBM 1522

Things Are Just like They Used to Be
DBM 980
Anecdotes and facts about Duke Ellington and his big-band style of arranging.

Elman, Mischa

The Art of Mischa Elman
DBM 958
Biography of the pioneer of the Russian school of violin playing.

Fields, Gracie

Gracie Fields Forever
DBM 868
Through recordings and recorded interviews, the life of this famous English music hall queen is traced.

Gilmore, P.S.

Super Salesman of Music
DBM 943
Biography of the extraordinary band master of the 1800s who traveled the country producing musical events.

Gluck, Alma

The Legend of Alma Gluck
DBM 829
Alma Gluck came to New York as a child. She sang for Toscanini in 1909 and they became lifelong friends. Featured songs are from her operatic roles.

Gould, Glenn

Glenn Gould on the Moog Synthesizer
DBM 244
Glenn Gould talks about the Moog synthesizer used in the production of the recording Switched-on Bach.

Grillo, Frank “Machito”

Machito
DBM 1190
Pays tribute to the late Cuban musician Frank “Machito” Grillo.

Guthrie, Woody

Legend of a Balladeer
DBM 912
Biography of Woody Guthrie, who traveled the land and wrote songs about American life.

Hancock, Herbie

Herbie Hancock
DBM 1229
Herbie Hancock joins Marian McPartland for their own version of “That Old Black Magic.”

Hawkins, Coleman

Spotlight on Coleman Hawkins
DBM 264
Friends and colleagues reminisce about the jazz musician’s career. Includes a recording of his last performance.

Heifetz, Jascha

The World’s Greatest Violinist
DBM 203
Interview with renowned violinist Jascha Heifetz.

Hines, Earl

Fatha Hines Groove
DBM 54
Traces the development of Hines’s unique jazz piano style throughout the long span of his career.

Holiday, Billie

Billie Holiday
DBM 822
Biography of the blues singer. Examples of her sensitive style include both upbeat and blues songs.

Holly, Buddy

Buddy Holly
DBM 900
Buddy Holly’s legacy of rock ’n’ roll music influenced such performers as Bob Dylan, the Rolling Stones, and the Beatles. “That’ll Be the Day” is heard.

Hopkins, Lightnin’

Focus on Lightnin’ Hopkins
DBM 292
In this documentary, the blues singer and guitarist reminisces about the early days of his career and performs many of his songs.

Jackson, Mahalia

Mahalia Jackson Discusses “Movin’ on Up”
DBM 231
Interview with the great gospel singer, who describes her strong faith and the hymns and spirituals she sings that reinforce her faith.

Jarvis, Jane

Jane Jarvis
DBM 1258
An executive for Muzak, former organist with the New York Mets, and now a headliner in premier jazz clubs, Jarvis plays a solo version of “The Bounder” and a duet of “J and M Blues” with Marian McPartland.

Jessel, Georgie

The Legend of Georgie Jessel
DBM 816
Old radio broadcasts illustrate his wit along with songs and comments about his life and career.

Jolson, Al

I’d Rather Please You than Anyone
DBM 815
George Jessel eulogizes Al Jolson, whose popularity spanned the 1920s to 1950s.

The Legend of Al Jolson
DBM 824
Famous for his blackface, white gloves, and bended knee, the minstrel man became a legend in his own time. Born in 1886, he went from vaudeville to Broadway.

Jones, Oliver

Oliver Jones
DBM 1247
Oliver Jones talks about his career and tells stories of his childhood friend Oscar Peterson.

Joplin, Janis

Janis Joplin
DBM 899
Biography of the electrifying performer from Port Arthur, Texas, who died at age twenty-seven of a heroin overdose.

Keene, Constance

Constance Keene
DBM 726
Constance Keene discusses her performances at the Menuhin Festival in Stadt, Switzerland, and her teaching experiences at the Manhattan School of Music.

Khan, Bismillah

Spotlight on Bismillah Khan
DBM 313
Discusses the art, daily life, and music of Bismillah Khan, exponent of India’s subtle and complex music played on the shannai, a double reedrument.

Kirkland, Kenny

Kenny Kirkland
DBM 1239
Kenny Kirkland talks with Marian McPartland and performs a two-piano version of “Billy’s Bounce” with her.

Kitt, Eartha

Eartha Kitt
DBM 725
A candid interview with the singer-dancer. She talks about her life as a poor orphan growing up in the South and her rise to international stardom and self-acceptance.

Kreisler, Fritz

The Legend of Fritz Kreisler
DBM 1196
This famed violinist was born in Vienna in 1875 and toured the United States in 1888 before making his debut in Berlin. Two featured selections are “Rondino” based on a theme by Beethoven and “Caprice” by Kreisler.

Spotlight on Fritz Kreisler
DBM 288
Fritz Kreisler comments on music in general, his successful career, his collection of violins, and his family.

Laine, Jack

Papa Jack the Patriarch
DBM 279
On his ninetieth birthday, Papa Jack Laine reflects on his role in the development of jazz.

Landowska, Wanda

Focus on Wanda Landowska
DBM 160
Wanda Landowska describes her affinity for the harpsichord and her thoughts about music, her career, and life in general.

Lanza, Mario

Mario Lanza
DBM 896
Koussevitzky was instrumental in giving the Philadelphia-born legendary tenor his beginning.

Lauder, Harry

Harry Lauder Special
DBM 1010
Scotsman who created a character of fact and fancy toured the United States extensively for twenty-five years beginning in 1907.

Ledford, Lily May

The Life and Music of Lily May Ledford
DBM 778
Appalachian musician Lily May Ledford plays her fiddle and banjo, and describes efforts to preserve old-time Appalachian music traditions.

Lewis, Ted

The Legend of Ted Lewis
DBM 827
Distinguished by his trademark top hat, cane, and clarinet, he performed for nine presidents during his career.

Marley, Bob

The Music and Marley
DBM 717
An interview with Bob Marley, who, until his death in 1981, was considered the living symbol of Jamaica and its reggae music.

Marsalis, Ellis

Ellis Marsalis
DBM 1234
This teacher, performer, and recording artist talks about and plays his own compositions and combines talent with Marian McPartland for their version of “Blues in Boogie.”

MacDonald, Jeanette

Queen of the Sentimental Love Song
DBM 341
Summarizes the film career of Jeanette MacDonald, the twenty years from 1929 to 1949.

McCormack, John

The Irish Nightingale
DBM 1195
John McCormack, contemporary of Caruso, had a way with words, which made him a leading singer of his day.

McKeller, Kenneth

Troubadour in Tartan
DBM 923
The Scottish singer Kenneth McKeller sings in much the same style as John McCormack.

Menuhin, Yehudi

Menuhin and Ayrton
DBM 374
Michael Ayrton, noted sculptor, painter, and writer, discusses the responsibilities of gifted musicians and artists with Yehudi Menuhin, well-known violinist.

Yehudi Menuhin, Man and Musician
DBM 69
The renowned violinist whose musical career began before the age of three discusses his experiences as a child prodigy and as a mature musician.

Miller, Kid

Focus on Kid “Punch” Miller
DBM 291
Tribute to trumpet player “Punch” Miller, known in the New Orleans of the 1920s and 1930s as “King of the Blues.”

Miller, Mulgrew

Mulgrew Miller
DBM 1243
In an interview with Marian McPartland, Miller and McPartland take turns on Art Tatum tunes, and combine forces on Cole Porter’s “What Is This Thing Called Love?”

Mingus, Charlie

Charlie Mingus Speaks Out
DBM 183
Charles Mingus talks about life, love, education, religion, children, women, men, and injustice, from the black perspective.

Morgan, Helen

The Legend of Helen Morgan
DBM 812
Songs and the story of Helen Morgan’s life and theatrical career.

Mulligan, Gerry

Gerry Mulligan
DBM 1248
Gerry Mulligan turns to the piano to play “Ontet” and a duet with Marian McPartland of “Blue Angst.”

Munsel, Patrice

The Story of Patrice Munsel
DBM 33
Story of a small-town girl who made it to the Metropolitan Opera.

Novak, Larry

Larry Novak
DBM 1255
A teacher, director, arranger, and composer from Chicago offers an impressive variety of piano jazz during this interview with Marian McPartland.

Peerce, Jan

Jan Peerce
DBM 823
Versatile performer on radio, TV, stage, and in opera.

Pepper, Art

Musical Ideas of Art Pepper
DBM 18
The artist discusses how he puts together a jazz piece.

Petrucciani, Michel

Michel Petrucciani
DBM 1256
“I’m never letting anything stop me from doing what I want to do,” proclaims Petrucciani during this discussion and demonstration of his own composition style.

Powell, Maud

Child Prodigy of the Violin
DBM 115
Discusses the life of Maud Powell, the American violin virtuoso.

Presley, Elvis

Portrait of Elvis Presley
DBM 814
Biography and music of the country singer turned rock star.

Puente, Tito

Tito Puente, the King of Salsa
DBM 1026
Biography and music of the popular Latin musician.

Ritter, Tex

Tex Ritter
DBM 878
Biography of the Texas-born country-western singer and Hollywood cowboy.

Roberts, Judy

Judy Roberts
DBM 1240
Judy Roberts shows that her independence and talent make her one of the most versatile singers and pianists of her age.

Robeson, Paul

The Collector’s Paul Robeson
DBM 3613
Robeson feels the songs he sings are more expressive of his feelings than anything he can say about himself in words. A Smithsonian Folkways title.

Paul Robeson
DBM 957
Biography of Paul Robeson, the controversial singer who was the first performer to do concerts consisting solely of spirituals.

Rodgers, Jimmie

Portrait of Jimmie Rodgers
DBM 882
Biography of the country-western singer of the 1920s and 1930s.

Rubinstein, Artur

He Loved Life from Miracle to Miracle: Rubinstein
DBM 969
This great pianist attracted a wider following and performed more concerts than any other concert artist of his day.

Rushen, Patrice

Patrice Rushen
DBM 1252
Patrice Rushen discusses her career and demonstrates her many abilities, including her rendition of “Spirit Song.”

Schuur, Diane

Diane Schuur
DBM 1236
Diane Schuur shares with Marian McPartland reflections on her life and does a solo of “I Can’t Believe That You Are in Love with Me.”

Seals, Son

Son Seals
DBM 1230
The Chicago blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist traces the movement of the blues up the Mississippi into Memphis and Chicago, and explains how his own Arkansas roots influence his music.

Seeger, Pete

The Incompleat Folk Singer
DBM 294
Folk singer Pete Seeger sings some of his favorite ballads and discusses his controversial life and his book.

Protests of Pete Seeger
DBM 57
The folk singer who was branded an outcast and banned from radio, television, and concert halls discusses the origins of his radicalism.

Segovia, Andres

Spotlight on Andres Segovia
DBM 289
A master guitarist discusses his involvement with music, his search for and ultimate discovery of the perfect guitar, and his most memorable concerts.

Shearing, George
George Shearing

DBM 1242
This legendary blind jazz figure describes his early start in music as a teenager and plays some of his favorite pieces with Marian McPartland.

Sills, Beverly

From Soap Opera to Grand Opera
DBM 973
Insight into Beverly Sills’s life. Her role as Cleopatra in the opera Julius Caesar brought her universal popularity.

Smith, Leonard Bingley

Three Cheers for the Red, White, and Blue
DBM 1013
Trumpeter and conductor Leonard Smith plays “Carnival of Venice” and reminisces about his career and other performers such as Sousa.

Spanier, Muggsy

Musical Ideas of Muggsy Spanier
DBM 22
A legendary jazz trumpeter discusses his art and idols.

Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal
DBM 1191
An interview with the musician who is called a “blues man,” but who insists that his music is of many types of people.

Taylor, Cecil

Cecil Taylor
DBM 1241
Cecil Taylor offers his tribute to Jimmy Lyons and joins Marian McPartland in a duet of “Get Out of Town.”

Taylor, Koko

Koko Taylor
DBM 1231
Born in the great blues town of Memphis, Taylor talks about her singing and the importance of female blues singers like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith.

Temple, Shirley

The Legend of Shirley Temple
DBM 817
Her career began when she was seven years old and spanned 1935–1938.

Thompson, Butch

Butch Thompson
DBM 1244
Best known for his popular appearance on public radio’s “Prairie Home Companion,” Butch Thompson performs opera as well as folk music and jazz.

Tormé, Mel

Musical Ideas of Mel Tormé
DBM 150
Insights into jazz. Tormé discusses his vocal style and the vocal trademarks of other singers.

von Trapp

Von Trapp Family Singers
DBM 967
A retelling of the Sound of Music story along with other real-life adventures of the von Trapp family of singers.

The Wonderful World of the Trapp Family
DBM 356
How Maria von Trapp and her singing family found a way to preserve and share the culture and beauty of their beloved Austria.

Tureck, Rosalyn

First Lady of Bach
DBM 110
In this interview, Rosalyn Tureck describes her life as child prodigy, gifted student, conductor, concert artist, and music scholar.

Vallee, Rudy

The Legend of Rudy Vallee
DBM 821
Biography of the singing idol, band leader, and actor who hosted a radio show that had entertaining personalities such as Edgar Bergen and Sophie Tucker as guests.

Verrett, Shirley

Focus on Shirley Verrett
DBM 268
Opera singer Shirley Verrett discusses her career and sings excerpts from Carmen, Il Trovatore, Samson and Delilah, Aida, and Orfeo.

Waters, Ethel

The Legend of Ethel Waters
DBM 818
Ethel Waters made her way from poverty to stardom in vaudeville.

White, Josh

Josh White
DBM 1517
Two offerings from the radio program Sum and Substance. One features the art of Ruth St. Denis, a founder of modern dance in America, and another airs an interview with Josh White, celebrated folk and protest singer.

Williams, Hank

Down That Long Lost Highway
DBM 813
Biography and music of Hank Williams, who died at age twenty-nine. His career lasted only three years. Several of his friends are interviewed.

Winter, Paul

Musical Ideas of Paul Winter
DBM 17
A jazz artist discusses his State Department tour of Latin America, his meeting with jazz musicians in cosmopolitan cities, and his experiences in the bush where natives had never heard of jazz.

Zeitlin, Denny

Denny Zeitlin
DBM 1246
A practicing psychiatrist as well as an accomplished pianist, Denny Zeitlin discusses his music and plays several tunes from his first album.

Ziegfeld, Florenz

Father of the Follies
DBM 353
Biography of the great Florenz Ziegfeld, producer in the grand manner.

Songwriters

Alter, Louis

Music in My Heart
DBM 551
Story of Lou Alter, the composer of the melody “Manhattan Serenade” as well as four other instrumental pieces inspired by New York City.

Arlen, Harold

The Man Who Gave the World a Rainbow
DBM 568
Interview with Harold Arlen, composer of the score to The Wizard of Oz and of songs written for stage and screen.

The Beatles

The Beatles
DBM 65
Interview with John Lennon and Paul McCartney, former Beatles, about wealth, fame, and world issues.

John and Yoko
DBM 578
John Lennon and Yoko Ono discuss fame, money, and drugs.

Benjamin, Bennie

The Man Who Set the World on Fire
DBM 567
Bennie Benjamin talks about his collaboration with lyricist George Weiss.

Berlin, Irving

The Bard of Tin Pan Alley
DBM 945
Biography of Irving Berlin, who recorded our history in song.

A Tribute to Mr. America
DBM 1011
Biography of the songwriter Irving Berlin.

Boggs, Jesse

Sessions with Jesse Boggs
DBM 734
Singer-songwriter Jesse Boggs pokes fun at American society by recreating a recording session. The musicians reduce music to its most salable elements: music and satire.

Brewster, Herbert W.

Rev. Brewster, Gospel Music
DBM 776
Gospel music composer W. Herbert Brewster is interviewed on National Public Radio’s Horizons series. His most famous song, “Move on up a Little Higher,” helped launch the career of Mahalia Jackson.

Brown, Oscar

Oscar Brown, Jr.
DBM 727
The singer-songwriter and social activist talks about his life, his music, and his strong identification with Scott Joplin.

Caesar, Irving

If You Have to Learn, Don’t Start
DBM 571
Reminiscences by Irving Caesar, leading lyricist for George Gershwin and lyricist of such songs as “Tea for Two,” “Swanee,” and “Yankee Doodle Blues.”

Cahn, Sammy

I’ve Heard That Song Before
DBM 559
Story of Sammy Cahn, prolific lyricist for composers Jule Styne, Jimmy Van Heusen, and Saul Kaplan.

Cannon, Hughie

Won’t You Come Home Hugh Cannon
DBM 856
Biography of the ragtime pianist who wrote “Won’t You Come Home Bill Bailey.”

Cohan, George M. (George Michael)

Cohan Is a Grand Old Name
DBM 328
Story of the acting and song writing career of George M. Cohan.

Coleman, Cy

If My Friends Could See Me Now
DBM 539
Cy Coleman, singer, pianist, conductor, and composer, surveys the contemporary music scene.

Comden, Betty

Betty Comden and Adolph Greene
DBM 6
Two writers of such Broadway hits as The Bells Are Ringing and On the Town discuss musical theater and perform some of their own works.

Coots, J. Fred

The Santa Claus of Tin Pan Alley
DBM 547

Save Us a Thousand Beautiful Memories
DBM 908
Interview and music by lyricist Sammy Fain, who bridges the gap between honky-tonk and modern ballads.

Corea, Chick

Chick Corea
DBM 1250
The prolific composer joins Marian McPartland for a dazzling mix of talk, improvisations, and musical portraits.
Coslow, Sam

Put Some Heart in a Song
DBM 526
Sam Coslow discusses his experience in writing songs for motion pictures.

Darion, Joe

A Lot of Strings to Play
DBM 561
Joe Darion, who wrote the lyrics to Man of La Mancha, expresses surprise at the popularity of his song “The Impossible Dream.”

Davis, Benny

The Lyrical Life of Benny Davis
DBM 536
Benny Davis, lyricist of the World War I song “Goodbye Broadway, Hello France” and the popular song of the 1920s “Margie” tells of his long career as a songwriter.

Donaldson, Walter

When Walter Donaldson Ruled the Roost
DBM 608
Gerald Marks tells anecdotes about fellow composer Walter Donaldson.

Drake, Ervin

A Lot of Meaning with the Music
DBM 570
Ervin Drake discusses the thread of spirituality that runs through many of his songs, which include “I Believe,” “One God,” and “It Was a Very Good Year.”

Duning, George

For Whom Writing Music Is a Picnic
DBM 556
Interview with George Duning, one of Hollywood’s most prolific writers of theme and background music.

The Early Days of Songwriting
DBM 528
Survey of popular music written before the founding of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers.

Edwards, Sherman

American History Was Never like This
DBM 519
Interview with Sherman Edwards, composer of 1776, the Broadway musical based on the Revolutionary War and the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Eliscu, Edward

You’ve Given Us More Than You Know
DBM 563
Interview with Eddie Eliscu, author, playwright, actor, and lyricist of such songs as “Great Day” and “The Carioca.”

Fain, Sammy

He Gave Us a Thousand Beautiful Memories
DBM 908
Interview and music by lyricist Sammy Fain, who bridges the gap between honky-tonk and modern ballads.

Fulson, Lowell

Lowell Fulson
DBM 1233
The man who wrote B.B. King’s first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” describes the creation and evolution of the mellow California blues sound.

Gilbert, L. Wolfe (Louis Wolfe)

‘G’ Is for the Great Songs You Gave Us
DBM 606
Interview with Mrs. Gilbert, whose late husband, L.W. Gilbert, wrote “Waitin’ for the Robert E. Lee.”

Green, Bud

Evergreens from Bud
DBM 550
Reminiscences by Bud Green, lyricist of the hit “Sentimental Journey,” along with discussion about Sibelius’s Finlandia and Sousa’s “Stars and Stripes Forever,” two pieces sealed in a time capsule at the New York World’s Fair of 1939.

Grusin, Dave

Dave Grusin
DBM 1251
During this interview, Dave Grusin plays his own “Theme from St. Elsewhere,” and Marian McPartland joins in for a melodic duet of “I Remember April.”

Guthrie, Woody

The Folk Singer
DBM 854
Detailed biography of Woody Guthrie, born in rural Oklahoma in 1912.

Legend of a Balladeer
DBM 912
Biography of Woody Guthrie who traveled the land and wrote songs about American life.

Woody Guthrie Remembered
DBM 44
Interviews with friends of Woody Guthrie. Includes songs by Cisco Houston, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie, and some children’s songs.

Handy, W.C. (William Christopher)

The Father of the Blues
DBM 343
W.C. Handy sings and tells about writing such songs as “Memphis Blues,” “St. Louis Blues,” and “Beale Street Blues.”

Harbach, Bill

Bill Harbach
DBM 926
Interview with Otto Harbach’s son, who reminisces about his father’s contribution to musical comedy.

Harburg, E.Y. (Edgar Yipsel)

You’re a Builder Upper
DBM 553
E.Y. Harburg, lyricist of Finian’s Rainbow and The Wizard of Oz, relates America’s history as a “melting pot” to the songwriting scene.

Herbert, Victor

The Legend of Victor Herbert
DBM 612
Focus on Victor Herbert, one of the founders of ASCAP, covering his varied career as composer of the operetta Babes in Toyland, bandmaster of New York’s Twenty-Second Regiment Band, and conductor of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

Victor Herbert
DBM 585
Herbert’s failure at composing serious pieces for the opera and violoncello resulted in the operetta Naughty Marietta, a forerunner of musical comedy.

Herman, Jerry

The American Sampler
DBM 910
Interview with songwriter-composer Jerry Herman, interspersed with his music. Among his credits are the Broadway shows Hello Dolly! and Mame.

The Man Who Carried It Off
DBM 525
Jerry Herman, composer and lyricist of Broadway shows Hello Dolly! and Mame, discusses future plans for writing music.

Johnson, James P. (James Price)

James P. Johnson
DBM 858
The composer of “Charleston” and “If I Could Be with You” ranked along with Scott Joplin and Jelly Roll Morton as the “father” of the eastern Harlem stride style.

Jones, Tom

A Lot More than Fantastic
DBM 540
Tom Jones and Harvey Schmidt, the team that produced The Fantasticks, discuss past shows and present work in musical theater.

Kahn, Gus

We’re Still Singing “I’ll See You in My Dreams”
DBM 575
Songs written by lyricist Gus Kahn and his many collaborators, with discussion of Kahn’s film biography.

Kalmar, Bert

A Couple of Crazy Guys/Three Little Words, Thirteen Little Letters
DBM 623
Story of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, successful songwriters who remained vaudeville comedians at heart.

Kern, Jerome

Jerome Kern, Man of Melody
DBM 156
Friends discuss Jerome Kern’s legendary career.

Master of the Medium, the Man Who Found the Silver Lining
DBM 613
Discusses Jerome Kern’s career as writer of show tunes.

Lane, Burton

No Sad Songs for Me
DBM 554
Burton Lane discusses his collaboration with E.Y. Harburg in writing Finian’s Rainbow and its most famous song “How Are Things in Glocca Morra?”

Leigh, Carolyn

Young at Heart
DBM 562
Lyricist Carolyn Leigh discusses the influences on her writing.

Lerner, Sammy

Makin’ Up a Song as I Go Along
DBM 604
Sammy Lerner, lyricist for Hoagy Carmichael and Jay Gorney, tells of writing the song “Popeye the Sailor Man.”

Livingston, Jay

Give It All You’ve Got
DBM 625
Anecdotes from Jay Livingston and Ray Evans, the team that wrote theme songs for the television series Bonanza and Mr. Ed.

Loesser, Frank

A Man and His Music
DBM 573
An interview with the widow of Frank Loesser.

Marks, Gerald

They Don’t Write ‘em like That Anymore
DBM 342
Gerald Marks reminisces about the songs written by Irving Berlin, Victor Herbert, and others.

Marks, Johnny

Johnny Marks and His Celebrated Reindeer
DBM 564
Johnny Marks, composer of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” talks about the varied sources of inspiration for his songs.

McHugh, Jimmy

Happy Songs from a Happy Man
DBM 621
Life and music of Jimmy McHugh.

Mercer, Johnny

The Man Who Launched 1,000 Hits
DBM 548
Life and songs of Johnny Mercer.

Mizzy, Vic

The Whole World Is Singing My Song
DBM 616
Songwriter Vic Mizzy tells anecdotes about his contemporaries and collaborators.

Nyro, Laura

The Music of Laura Nyro
DBM 60
Laura Nyro is interviewed by John Daly. Her diverse musical expressions are analyzed by Michael Thomas, Richard Goldstein, and Patrick O’Conner.

Oakland, Ben

You’re Not So Easy to Forget
DBM 564
Story of the long career of Ben Oakland, who enjoyed success as a vaudeville entertainer and as a songwriter for the Ziegfeld Follies and for Broadway musicals.

Olman, Abe

The Ship That Came In
DBM 565
Abe Olman reminisces about his career as a music publisher and as a songwriter.

Parish, Mitchell

The Sentimental Gentleman
DBM 549
Interview with Mitchell Parish, a lyricist who teamed with composers Duke Ellington, Hoagy Carmichael, and Sammy Fain.

Porter, Cole

Focus on Cole Porter
DBM 285
Comprehensive collection of Cole Porter songs, with commentary tracing his career from 1937.

The Master of “From Major to Minor”
DBM 624
Relates Cole Porter’s affluent background to the “plutocratic stylishness” of his songs.

Raksin, David

So You Want to Write for the Movies
DBM 607
David Raksin, composer and conductor, discusses the process of writing music for films.

Ramirez, Roger “Ram”

Ram Ramirez
DBM 1253
He wrote Billie Holiday’s hit song “Lover Man” and enjoys continued popularity on the New York jazz scene. Roger “Ram” Ramirez converses with Marian McPartland and teams up with her for a duet of “Undecided.”

Rodgers, Richard

The Dynamics of Collaboration
DBM 201
Musical-comedy composer Richard Rodgers reminisces about the forty-three years he spent in partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein.

Oklahoma! and Beyond
DBM 233
Richard Rodgers, composer of the theatrical landmark Oklahoma!, reminisces about his collaboration with lyricist Oscar Hammerstein.

The Most Unforgettable Composer I Never Met
DBM 515
Dorothy Rodgers, wife of composer Richard Rodgers, discusses her husband’s career in musical theater and his collaborations with lyricists Larry Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II.

Romberg, Sigmund

The Last of the Giants
DBM 609
Story of Sigmund Romberg, a composer who combined Viennese style with American idioms in such operettas as Blossom Time, The Student Prince, and My Romance.

Focus on Sigmund Romberg
DBM 468
Oscar Hammerstein talks about Romberg’s life, plays, and greatest songs.

Rome, Harold

Seven Shows to Rome
DBM 557
Anecdotes told by Harold Rome.

Ruby, Harry

A Couple of Crazy Guys/Three Little Words, Thirteen Little Letters
DBM 623
Story of Bert Kalmar and Harry Ruby, successful songwriters who remained vaudeville comedians at heart.

Schwartz, Arthur

Something to Remember Him By
DBM 555
Life and music of Arthur Schwartz, who gave up his law practice to write for musical theater.

Spina, Harold

Sing Me an Old-Fashioned Song
DBM 602
Composer and conductor Harold Spina reminisces with Mike Whorf about his long songwriting career and about his music.

Strouse, Charles

By Strouse
DBM 560
Strouse, who composed the score of Bye, Bye Birdie, discusses the importance of a composer’s involvement in arranging and orchestrating melodies.

Styne, Jule

There Goes That Song Again
DBM 558
Songs by Jule Styne, arranger and composer who collaborated with lyricist Sammy Cahn.

Tobias, Charles

As the Years Go By
DBM 538
Interview with Edna Tobias, who tells of her late husband Charles’s varied career as a vaudeville entertainer and as a songwriter for musicals and motion pictures.

Van Heusen, Jimmy

Mister Music
DBM 620
Career of Jimmy Van Heusen, whose songs, written with lyricist Johnny Burke, include “Imagination,” “Swinging on a Star,” and “Sunday, Monday, or Always.”

Von Tilzer, Harry

Please Sing Me One More Chorus
DBM 535
Life of prolific composer and music publisher Harry Von Tilzer.

Youmans, Vincent

Through the Years
DBM 610
Highlights of Vincent Youman’s career writing scores for such musicals as Great Day and No, No, Nanette.

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