re: Someone pls fact check: did Hammerstein ALWAYS write the words before Rodgers wrote the melodies?
Posted by: AlanScott 05:14 pm EDT 04/17/24
In reply to: Someone pls fact check: did Hammerstein ALWAYS write the words before Rodgers wrote the melodies? - GrumpyMorningBoy 02:19 pm EDT 04/17/24

If memory serves — I cannot cite a source at the moment — Hammerstein usually but not always wrote the lyrics first. Besides, there were at least two times (one mentioned below by Chromolume) when a cut song from one show was used in a later show, with the same melody but new lyrics. The other example is "Younger Than Springtime." The melody was written for a cut song in Allegro titled "My Wife."

Hammerstein sometimes (often?) wrote his lyrics to existing melodies from classical music and opera, giving him a structure.
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