Sunday, January 31, 2010

Vocal Selections from "1600 Pennsylvania Avenue"

While I have the vocal score in my possession, I do not have this gem which must be some sort of collector's item. I find it amusing that a show that played seven performances and folded without a cast album would publish vocal selections, especially since Mr. Bernstein went on to recycle elements of his score into future works. (Bernstein and Lerner made the arrangement with Music of the Times Publishing in November 1974 to publish their collaborative effort). I'm assuming there aren't many copies of this available, though I did locate several in the NYPL catalogue. Unfortunately if you're looking to perform the "Duet for One," that 26 page behemoth has been left out. But there are other hits from the show you can sing around the piano in your living room: "Bright and Black" - "Pity the Poor" - "The President Jefferson Sunday Luncheon Party March" - "The Red, White, and Blues" - "Take Care of This House" - "Seena" - "We Must Have a Ball."

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