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FROM INSPIRATION TO ARCHIVE: COLE PORTER'S "NIGHT AND DAY"

FROM INSPIRATION TO ARCHIVE: COLE PORTER'S "NIGHT AND DAY" When I speak American music, I cannot pass over American light music . . . Light music could not entertain me unless someth interested me about its musical substance and its work-out . . . I know indeed that I really ought at every sloment to behave liky own monument; but it would be hypocritical me to conceal fact that I occasionally step down from my pedestal and enjoy light music.4 Once past thanifest condescension, one is struck by Schoenberg’s interest in “musical substance” and “work-out” American popular music. Writ in 1934, Schoenberg’s comments are exactly contemporary with height Night and Day’s popularity ( year “Gay Divorcée’s” film release) and although he does not refer to Porter specifically, one can surmise that Porter’s witty command both musical and semantic materials would have caught Schoenberg’s attention. Only recently, however, has an analytical approach to thusic this era been seriously pursued. Allen Forte (1993, 1995) has highlighted thusical significance this body work rely on published vocalpiano editions as an urtext. Wher or not this “urtext” represents composer’s own work has been subject to much debate. For many composers era, songs were collaborative works; combined effort lyricist, publisher, editor, arranger, composer, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Music Theory Duke University Press

FROM INSPIRATION TO ARCHIVE: COLE PORTER'S "NIGHT AND DAY"

Journal of Music Theory , Volume 43 (2) – Jan 1, 1999

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Publisher
Duke University Press
Copyright
Copyright 1999 by Yale University
ISSN
0022-2909
eISSN
1941-7497
DOI
10.1215/00222909-43-2-315
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Abstract

When I speak American music, I cannot pass over American light music . . . Light music could not entertain me unless someth interested me about its musical substance and its work-out . . . I know indeed that I really ought at every sloment to behave liky own monument; but it would be hypocritical me to conceal fact that I occasionally step down from my pedestal and enjoy light music.4 Once past thanifest condescension, one is struck by Schoenberg’s interest in “musical substance” and “work-out” American popular music. Writ in 1934, Schoenberg’s comments are exactly contemporary with height Night and Day’s popularity ( year “Gay Divorcée’s” film release) and although he does not refer to Porter specifically, one can surmise that Porter’s witty command both musical and semantic materials would have caught Schoenberg’s attention. Only recently, however, has an analytical approach to thusic this era been seriously pursued. Allen Forte (1993, 1995) has highlighted thusical significance this body work rely on published vocalpiano editions as an urtext. Wher or not this “urtext” represents composer’s own work has been subject to much debate. For many composers era, songs were collaborative works; combined effort lyricist, publisher, editor, arranger, composer,

Journal

Journal of Music TheoryDuke University Press

Published: Jan 1, 1999

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