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The Ballad of John Latouche: An American Lyricist's Life and Work

Howard Pollack


Born into a poor Virginian family, John Treville Latouche (1914–1956), in his short life, made a profound mark on America’s musical theater as a lyricist and librettist. The wit and skill of his lyrics elicited comparisons with the likes of Ira Gershwin and Lorenz Hart, but he had too, as Stephen Sondheim noted, “a large vision of what musical theater could be,” and he proved especially venturesome in helping to develop a lyric theater that innovatively combined music, word, dance, and costume and set design. Many of his pieces, even if not commonly known today, remain high points in the histo ... More

Keywords: John Latouche, Broadway musicals, lyricists, American opera, avant-garde film, European émigrés, émigré New York, midcentury New York

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190458294
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190458294.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Howard Pollack, author
John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music, University of Houston