The remarkable career of composer-orchestrator Robert Russell Bennett [1894-1981] encompassed a wide variety of both "legitimate" and popular music-making in Hollywood, on Broadway, and for television. Bennett is principally responsible for what is known worldwide as the "Broadway sound" and for greatly elevating the status of the theater orchestrator. He worked alongside Jerome Kern, Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin, Richard Rodgers, and Frederick Loewe on much of the Broadway canon, eventually providing orchestrations for all or part of more than 300 musicals between 1920 and 1975. This work is the first publication of Bennett's autobiography, which was written in the late 1970s. It also includes eight of his most important essays on the art of orchestration. George J. Ferencz is Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin at Whitewater.
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The Bennett Family TreeGrowing Up in FreemanTo New York, 1916To Paris, 1926Rodgers and Hart in LondonTo Hollywood, 1930Hollywood Beckons AgainRussell Bennett's Notebooks and Other Adventures in Network RadioVictory at SeaThe Sound of MusicRemembrances"The Bohemians"Eight Selected Essays by Robert Russell Bennett