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Oscar Hammerstein

Oscar Hammerstein Biography


(For work done with Richard Rodgers, see Rodgers and Hammerstein)

Oscar Hammerstein II (July 12, 1895 - August 23, 1960) was an American writer and producer of musical comedies for almost forty years.

His grandfather, Oscar Hammerstein I, was an opera impresario, and his uncle was a successful Broadway producer. While a college student, the younger Hammerstein wrote and performed in several varsity shows at Columbia University. His first musical, Always You, for which he wrote the book and lyrics, opened on Broadway in 1921. He was co-writer of the popular Rudolf Friml operetta Rose-Marie, and then began a successful collaboration with composer Jerome Kern on Sunny, which was a great hit. Their most successful collaboration, though was the 1927 musical Show Boat, which is considered to be one of the masterpieces of the American musical theatre. Hammerstein continued to work with Kern and operetta composer Sigmund Romberg, among others, over the next several years on shows such as Sweet Adeline, Music in the Air, and Very Warm for May, a critical failure which nevertheless contained one of Kern and Hammerstein's loveliest songs, 'All the Things You Are.'

Hammerstein began his most successful and sustained collaboration in 1943 when he teamed up with Richard Rodgers, whose regular partner, Lorenz Hart, was uninterested in the material, to write a musical based on Lynn Riggs' play Green Grow the Lilacs. The result was Oklahoma!, a show which revolutionized the American musical theatre by focusing on a sentimentally-based Americana, rather than current issues and characters. It also began a partnership which would produce such classic Broadway musicals as Carousel, South Pacific, The King and I, Flower Drum Song, and The Sound of Music, as well as the musical film State Fair and the television musical Cinderella. Hammerstein also produced the book and lyrics for Carmen Jones, an adaptation of Georges Bizet's opera Carmen with an all-black cast.

Hammerstein died shortly after the opening of The Sound of Music on Broadway, ending one of the most remarkable collaborations in the history of the American musical theatre. Universally mourned, he was interred in the Ferncliff Cemetery in Hartsdale, New York.



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The Sound Of Music "(Souvenir Movie Folio). By Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein. For voice and piano. Vocal Selections. Broadway and Movies. Difficulty: medium. Songbook. Vocal melody, piano accompaniment, lyrics, chord names and black & white photos. 75 pages. Publish

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The Sound of Music - Instrumental Solos for Flute (with CD) (Flute Edition). By Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein. By Rodgers & Hammerstein. For flute solo (Flute). Instrumental Folio. Broadway and Play Along. Difficulty: medium. Flute solo songbook and accompaniment CD. Standard notation. 11 pages. Published by

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The Sound of Music (Easy Piano CD Play-Along Volume 27). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Easy Piano Play-Along. Softcover with CD. 40 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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The King and I - Revised Edition By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Vocal Selections. Softcover. 77 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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The Sound of Music (Vocal Selections with CD). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Vocal Selections. Softcover with CD. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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You'll Never Walk Alone (from Carousel) By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Johnny Mann. SATB. Festival Choral. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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The Sound of Music By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Piano Solo Selections (Intermediate to advanced piano arrangements with no lyrics). 48 pages. Published by Williamson Music

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All the Things You Are By Oscar Hammerstein. Piano Vocal. 8 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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If I Loved You (from Carousel) By Richard Rodgers; Oscar Hammerstein. Piano Vocal. 6 pages. Hal Leonard #20121. Published by Hal Leonard

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There Is Nothin' Like a Dame By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Ed Lojeski. TBB. Pop Choral Series. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Rodgers & Hammerstein Showcase For Piano By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Piano Solo Composer Collection. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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My Favorite Things (Medley) (from The Sound of Music). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. 2-Part. Youth Sing Out (Choral). 24 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Rodgers and Hammerstein on Broadway (Medley) By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Mac Huff. SAB. Choral. 40 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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South Pacific (Souvenir Folio Edition). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Vocal Selections. Softcover. 80 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Oklahoma! (Song) By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by William Stickles. SATB. Choral. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Ol' Man River (from Show Boat) By Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein. Vocal. 6 pages. Hal Leonard #20167. Published by Hal Leonard

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Oklahoma! By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Easy Piano Vocal Selections. 36 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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Do-Re-Mi ((from The Sound of Music)). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. 2-Part. Choral. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair ((from South Pacific)). By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Arranged by Mark A. Brymer. SSA. Choral. 12 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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The Sound of Music By Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rodgers. Five Finger Piano Songbook. SMP Primer Level (Early Elementary). 40 pages. Published by Hal Leonard

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