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Cole Porter

Born: June 9, 1891 | Died: October 15, 1964    Primary Instrument: Composer/conductor

Cole Porter

WHILE the 1920's ended on December 30, 1929--and a far different political, social, and sociological climate prevailed during the ensuing decade--a number of highly gifted writers managed to keep alive in the musical theater of the 1930's some of the feverish spirit and the unconventional attitudes of the “roaring Twenties.” The most significant of these was Cole Porter.

In his lyrics and melodies--for like Irving Berlin he wrote both--he fixed the smartness and cynicism, the freedom in sex attitudes, the lack of inhibitions in speech and behavior, and the outright iconoclasm that had characterized the 1920's. He is the arch cynic to whom a crushing love affair was “just one of those things” and who could be true to his girl “only in my fashion.” He is the dilettante who sprinkles throughout his lyrics cultural, literary, and geographical allusions of a well-read, well- educated, and well-traveled person. He is the nonconformist unafraid of the erotic, the exotic, or the esoteric. He is the sensualist who brings to his melodies throbbing excitement, purple moods, irresistible climaxes....
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Film Scores

1960 CAN-CAN
1957 LES GIRLS
SILK STOCKINGS
1956 ANYTHING GOES
HIGH SOCIETY
1953 KISS ME KATE
1952 THE SNOWS OF KILIMANJARO
1951 SUNNY SIDE OF THE STREET
1950 STAGE FRIGHT
1949 ADAM'S RIB
1948 MEXICAN HAYRIDE
THE PIRATE
1947 THIS TIMEFOR KEEPS
1946 NIGHT AND DAY
1945 DON'T FENCE ME IN
1944 SOMETHING FOR THE BOYS
1943 DU BARRY WAS A LADY
HERS TO HOLD
I DOOD IT
LET'S FACE IT
SOMETHING TO SHOUT ABOUT
1942 PANAMA HATTIE
1941 ANY HARDY'S PRIVATE SECRETARY
HIGH SIERRA
YOU'LL NEVER GET RICH
1940 BROADWAY MELODY OF 1940
LOVE THY NEIGHBOR
1937 ROSALIE
1936 ANYTHING GOES
BORN TO DANCE
1934 GAY DIVORCEE
THE PAREE, PAREE
1931 FIFTY MILLION FRENCHMEN
1929 BATTLE OF PARIS
THE PARIS

Compositions

A STAIRABLE RAG
ABRACADABRA
ACE IN THE HOLE
ADIOS ARGENTINA
AFTER YOU
ALADDIN
ALL I'VE GOT TO GET NOW IS YOU
ALL OF YOU
ALL OF YOU
ALL THROUGH THE NIGHT
ALLEZ VOUS EN
ALLEZ-VOUS-EN, GO AWAY
ALWAYS TRUE TO YOU
ANATOMY OF LOVE
ANOTHER OPENING, ANOTHER SHOW
ANYTHING GOES
APHRODITE'S DANCE
AQUA SINCOPADA
AS ON THROUGH THE SEASONS WE SAIL
AT LONG LAST LOVE
BACK TO NATURE WITH YOU
BAD BAD WOMAN
BANJO, THE (THAT MAN JOE PLAYS)
BE A CLOWN
BE LIKE THE BLUEBIRD
BEGIN THE BEGUINE
BETWEEN YOU AND ME
BIANCA
BIG TOWN
BINGO ELI YALE
BLOW GABRIEL BLOW
BLUE BOY BLUES
BON VOYAGE
BOOGIE BARACAROLLE
BORN TO DANCE
BRUSH UP YOUR SHAKESPEARE
BUT IN THE MORNING, NO
BY CANDLELIGHT
BY THE MISSISSINEWAH
CA, CE-EST L'AMOUR
CALYPSO
CAN CAN
CARLOTTA
CAVALCADE
C'EST MAGNIFIQUE
CHERRY PIES OUGHT TO BE OUTLAWED
CLIMB UP THE MOUNTAIN
CLOSE
COCOTTE
COME ALONG WITH ME

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