Thursday, 2:15–3:40, Apr. 19
United Christian Parish
Instructor: Daniel B. Moskowitz
Not interested in personal publicity and toiling as a contract composer in the movie studio factory system, Harry Warren never achieved the level of fame of some of his contemporaries. But his catalogue of 800 tunes included more songs on the Hit Parade—42—than either Irving Berlin or Richard Rodgers, and he had 11 Best Song Oscar nominations, with three wins. His songs provided the music of our (and our parents’) lives from Forty-Second Street in 1933 through An Affair to Remember in 1956. In this class we'll listen to many of his songs, including “I Only Have Eyes for You,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Jeepers Creepers,” “I Had the Craziest Dream,” “On the Atchison, Topeka, and the Santa Fe,” and “That's Amore.” We’ll discuss his career and how musicals changed as he moved from Warner Brothers to 20th Century Fox to M-G-M.
Veteran journalist Daniel Moskowitz leads courses in American popular music at the American University OLLI, and he previously conducted a GMU OLLI course on songs cut from Broadway musicals.