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LoverlyThe Life and Times of My Fair Lady$
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Dominic McHugh

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199827305

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199827305.001.0001

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Knowing the Score

Knowing the Score

(p.95) 4 Knowing the Score

Dominic McHugh

Oxford University Press

This chapter provides an introduction to the autograph musical sources for My Fair Lady, including Frederick Loewe’s melodic sketches and Alan Jay Lerner’s lyric sketches. It examines some of the unused songs for the show, which were written but discarded long before rehearsals, as well as addressing the three cut musical numbers for the show in detail, proposing reasons why they were cut: “Say a Prayer for Me Tonight,” “Dress Ballet,” and “Come to the Ball.”

Keywords:   Dress Ballet, unused songs, Come to the Ball, melodic sketches, lyric sketches

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