Course Description

Instructor: William Allen, MA, MPhil, MLn
Technical Assistance: Michiyo Allen, BS

As part of our series on those who wrote the words to the great songs of the classic age of the Broadway musical and musical revue, we’ll enjoy and study the work of three lyricists well-known for their wit and verbal charm -- Cole Porter, Ira Gershwin, and Howard Deitz. We’ll also look at three very talented African-American lyricists -- Noble Sissle, Andy Razaf, Billy Staryhorn -- who wrote celebrated lyrics for famous composers/performers such as Eubie Blake, Fats Waller, and Duke Ellington. We’ll examine not only the joy and laughter but also the serious side of the work and lives of these lyrical masters.

Bill wrote a 500 page dissertation on lyricist W. S. Gilbert (Gilbert & Sullivan) to obtain his advanced degree from the University of London.
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