Irving Berlin Lives On

I Love A Piano: The Music of Irving Berlin brings the the stage some of the most beloved works by this amazing songwriter. When you consider he wrote over 900 songs, not including musicals and filmscores, this music-filled mainstage production presents less than 1% of his life’s work! One source indicates he wrote over 1500 pieces of music!   Why were his songs so popular? You see, Irving Berlin experienced life in all its ups and downs. His friends said he never forgot his roots, and through it all he did a lot of living, both in quantity and quality. He was drafted into the army, started The Music Box Theater, was widowed in his twenties, remarried an heiress who was Catholic, had a family, lost a child, enjoyed a loving marriage for over 60 years and passed peacefully in his sleep after living 101 years. A rags to riches marvel, he is the American music man who lived the All-American life.

 

Below are some links to more information on this fascinating American legend:

http://www.rnh.com/irvingberlin/full_bio

http://musiced.about.com/od/20thcentury/p/irvingberlin.htm

http://www.historynet.com/irving-berlin.htm

http://www.ascap.com/about/history/1900s.aspx

http://www.shubertorganization.com/theatres/music_box.asp

http://memory.loc.gov/service/music/eadxmlmusic/eadpdfmusic/2012/mu012008.pdf (This catalog serves to provide an idea of the scope of his work.)

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