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A Cole Porter Companion

Don M. Randel, Matthew R. Shaftel, and Susan Forscher Weiss


Balancing sophisticated melodies and irresistible rhythms with lyrics by turns cynical and passionate, Cole Porter sent American song soaring. Timeless works like I Get a Kick Out of You and At Long Last Love made him an essential figure in the soundtrack of a century and earned him adoration from generations of music lovers. This book offers essays on little-known aspects of the master tunesmith's life and art. Here are Porter's days as a Yale wunderkind and his nights as the exemplar of louche living; the triumph of Kiss Me Kate and shocking failure of You Never Know; and his spinning rhythm ... More

Keywords: melody, rhythm, lyrics, Cole Porter, American song, film, ballet, Yale University

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780252040092
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252040092.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Don M. Randel, editor

Matthew R. Shaftel, editor
Rider University

Susan Forscher Weiss, editor
The Johns Hopkins University

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Part 1 “What a Joy to Be Young”: From Peru to Paris via Yale and Other Academies

1 Cole Porter at Yale

Robert Kimball

3 Cole Porter, European

Wilfried Van Den Brande

4 Landed

Simon Morrison

Part 2 Porter the Poet and Performer

Part 3 Approaches to the Analysis and Criticism of Porter’s Works

13 You Never Know

Cliff Eisen

15 Kiss Me, Kate

Lynn Laitman Siebert

Part 4 Materials for the Study of Cole Porter’s Music

16 Cole Porter’s Papers

Mark Eden Horowitz