The Letters of Cole Porter by Cole PorterThe first comprehensive collection of the letters of one of the most successful American songwriters of the twentieth century
From Anything Goes to Kiss Me, Kate, Cole Porter left a lasting legacy of iconic songs including Youre the Top, Love For Sale, and Night and Day. Yet, alongside his professional success, Porter led an eclectic personal life which featured exuberant parties, scandalous affairs, and chronic health problems. This extensive collection of letters (most of which are published here for the first time) dates from the first decade of the twentieth century to the early 1960s and features correspondence with stars such as Irving Berlin, Ethel Merman, and Orson Welles, as well as his friends and lovers.
Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh complement these letters with lively commentaries that draw together the loose threads of Porter’s life and highlight the distinctions between Porter’s public and private existence. This book reveals surprising insights into his attitudes toward Hollywood and Broadway, and toward money, love, and dazzling success.
Anything Goes sung by Cole Porter?
He also composed scores for films from the s to the s. He was noted for his sophisticated, suggestive lyrics, clever rhymes and complex forms. His compositions are well known. Many of the musicals and films that he composed for have had revivals. Broadway changed; it used to be: -Boy meets girl, boy loses girl, boy gets girl.
American composer and songwriter whose works include the musical comedy Anything Goes
Many of his songs became standards noted for their witty, urbane lyrics, and many of his scores found success on Broadway and in film. Born to a wealthy family in Indiana , Porter defied his grandfather's wishes and took up music as a profession. Classically trained, he was drawn to musical theatre. After a slow start, he began to achieve success in the s, and by the s he was one of the major songwriters for the Broadway musical stage. Unlike many successful Broadway composers, Porter wrote the lyrics as well as the music for his songs.
Porter was the grandson of a millionaire speculator, and the moderately affluent circumstances of his life probably contributed to the poise and urbanity of his musical style. He began violin study at the age of six and piano at eight; he composed an operetta in the style of Gilbert and Sullivan at 10 and saw his first composition , a waltz, published a year later. As a student at Yale University B. He made his Broadway debut with the musical comedy See America First , which, however, closed after 15 performances. He was not, as later reported, in French military service. They spent the next two decades in lively partying and social traveling, sometimes together, sometimes apart.