(Finalist, George Freedley Memorial Award of the Theatre Library Association) This book offers a critical overview of Jerome Kern's musical accomplishments throughout his career. Stephen Banfield focuses on the musical and lyrical structures of Kern's compositions, illuminating beloved works and shedding light on compositions often overlooked. He also considers Kern's life, personality, and working methods, as well as the development of his work from the early musical comedies through the collaborations with Hammerstein and P.G. Wodehouse and the later film scores.
"[An] exemplary addition to the Yale Broadway Masters series ... this book is brimming with fabulous fare and includes many musical quotations, all helpful and some of startling transcendence."—Alexandra Mullen