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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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Settling the Score

Settling the Score

Part I

(p.122) 5 Settling the Score

Dominic McHugh

Oxford University Press

This chapter starts to analyze the musical numbers that were used in My Fair Lady. It provides a discussion of the different types of musical sources available for the show—including arrangers’ scores, copyists’ scores, orchestrators’ scores, and the composer’s scores—and explains how they can be employed to reconstruct the creative processes involved in writing the music. It also discusses different ways of analyzing the implications of these processes, including possibly reasons for adding, removing or changing material. The focus of the chapter is the sources for the songs performed by Eliza Doolittle and Henry Higgins, which hint at the theme of romantic ambiguity (as introduced in Chapter 3).

Keywords:   Eliza Doolittle, Henry Higgins, My Fair Lady, orchestrators, copyists, scores

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