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Show TunesThe Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers$
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Steven Suskin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195314076

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.001.0001

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Arthur Schwartz

Arthur Schwartz

Born: November 25, 1900, Brooklyn, New York

Died: September 3, 1984, Kintnersville, Pennsylvania

(p.129) Arthur Schwartz
Show Tunes

Steven Suskin

Oxford University Press

This chapter discusses the work of Arthur Schwartz. Schwartz displayed an early interest in music—despite objections from his father, a lawyer—and by the age of fourteen was playing piano accompaniment in Brooklyn movie houses. After graduating from NYU, he went on to Columbia Law School while supporting himself by teaching high school English. Schwartz continued his music hobby, though, with his first published song coming in 1923, the rhythmic Baltimore Md., That’s the Only Doctor for Me [lyrics by Eli Dawson].

Keywords:   Arthur Schwartz, NYU, Broadway musicals, teaching, show tunes

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