Sunday, June 28, 2009

O compositor americano Richard Charles Rodgers nasceu em Nova York no 28 de junho de 1902. Compôs mais de 900 canções e quarenta musicais para Broadway, sendo os mais notórias "The King and I", "The Sound of Music" e "Oklahoma", além de trilhas para cinema e televisão.

É mais conhecido por suas parcerias com os letristas Lorenz Hart e Oscar Hammerstein II. Suas composições como "The Lady is a Tramp" e "My Funny Valentine" têm tido um impacto significativo sobre a música popular até os dias atuais.

Rodgers e Marvin Hamlisch são os únicos a terem ganho os prêmios Oscar, Grammy,Emmy, Tony Award e o Premio Pulitzer.

Clique ouvir Matt Giraud cantando de Richard Rogers "My Funny Valentine"

The American composer Richard Charles Rogers was born in June 28th , 1902 in New York City and was one of the most successful and celebrated composers of the 20th century. His partnerships with lyricists Lorenz Hart (1895-1943) and Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960) resulted in dozens of hit musicals for the stage and screen, from Babes in Arms to The Sound of Music. A published songwriter by the age of 17, Rodgers and Hart began collaborating in the 1920s. Between 1920 and 1943 they wrote dozens of musicals for the New York stage and Hollywood movies, including The Boys of Syracuse and Pal Joey. In 1943 Rodgers teamed with Oscar Hammerstein II to write Oklahoma!, a box office smash and a landmark in the history of musical theater. Rodgers and Hammerstein went on to write and produce hit musicals such as Carousel, State Fair, The King and I and The Sound of Music, all of which were adapted for the movies. After Hammerstein's death in 1960, Rodgers continued composing, sometimes writing his own lyrics. Rodgers was known for his catchy melodies and ability to incorporate other musical styles into popular tunes. Some of his songs, such as "My Funny Valentine" and "The Lady is a Tramp" have become jazz standards.
Rodgers also composed for television, winning an Emmy for the music of the documentary series Victory at Sea (1952).

Richard Rogers died in December 1979.

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