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Block, Geoffrey Holden 1948-

Works: 37 works in 171 publications in 1 language and 14,580 library holdings
Genres: Criticism, interpretation, etc  History  Biography  Discographies  Bibliography  Interviews 
Roles: Author, Author of introduction, Interviewee, Editor
Classifications: ML2054, 782.14092
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Geoffrey Holden Block
Enchanted evenings : the Broadway musical from Show boat to Sondheim by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

32 editions published between 1997 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 1,468 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The classic musicals of Broadway can provide us with truly enchanted evenings. But while many of us can hum the music and even recount the plot from memory, we are often much less knowledgeable about how these great shows were put together. Now, in Enchanted Evenings, Geoffrey Block offers theater lovers an illuminating behind-the-scenes four of some of the best loved, most admired, and most enduring musicals of Broadway's Golden Era. Here, we find insightful studies of fourteen musicals including such all-time favorites as Show Boat, Porgy and Bess, Kiss Me, Kate, Guys and Dolls, My Fair Lady, and West Side Story. The book's particular focus is on the music, showing how librettist, lyricist, composer, and director work together to shape the piece. Block sheds light on why particular musicals have adapted to changing times and are still being performed in high schools, colleges, and community theaters across the country, while others languish in comparative obscurity. Packed with information, including a complete discography and plot synopses and song-by-song scenic outlines for each of the fourteen shows, this book is an essential reference as well as a riveting history
Andrew Lloyd Webber by John Snelson( Book )

11 editions published between 2004 and 2009 in English and held by 924 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Examines the career of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber and his influence in films, rock, and pop music and surveys his life story and commercial success
Charles Ives and the classical tradition( Book )

9 editions published between 1996 and 2010 in English and held by 634 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Edited by two highly regarded Ives scholars, the book begins with essays that examine the influences on Ives of his musical predessors and concludes with essays that find extensive parallels between Ives and such European contemporaries as Mahler, Schoenberg, Berg, and Stravinsky, whose music he knew little or not at all, but with whom he shared influences and concerns. Taken together, these chapters demonstrate that even apparently strange or distinctively American aspects of Ives's music - from his penchant for quotation to his juxtaposition of disparate styles - have strong precedents and parallels among European composers. Ives emerges as a composers. Ives emerges as a composer at home in the classical tradition, engaged in exploring the same issues that confronted composers of his generation on both sides of the Atlantic
Jerome Kern by Stephen Banfield( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 607 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A founding father of the modern American musical, Jerome Kern (1885-1945) was the composer of legions of popular songs, including such standards as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" and "Ol' Man River." His 1927 Show Boat with Oscar Hammerstein II helped to set a new standard for musical theater." "This book is the first to provide a critical overview of Kern's musical accomplishments throughout his career. Stephen Banfield ranges from Broadway, to Hollywood, and to London's West End, drawing on unpublished manuscripts and scores to assess the composer's extraordinary oeuvre." "Kern's life, personality, and working methods are given due attention, as is the development of his work from the early musical comedies through the collaborations with Hammerstein and P.G. Wodehouse up to the later film scores. Banfield focuses especially on the musical and lyrical structures of Kern's compositions, illuminating beloved works and shedding light on compositions often overlooked."--Jacket
Richard Rodgers by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

15 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in English and held by 600 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charles Ives : a bio-bibliography by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

10 editions published between 1988 and 1989 in English and Undetermined and held by 583 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ives, Concord sonata : piano sonata no. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-1860") by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

17 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Charles Ives's massive Concord Sonata, his second sonata for piano, named after the town of Concord in Massachusetts, is central to his output and clearly reflects his aesthetic perspective. Geoffrey Block's wide-ranging account of the work thus provides an ideal introduction to this fascinating composer. As well as a discussion of the Sonata's reception history from 1920 to the present, and a chapter on its compositional genesis, this handbook includes a detailed narrative of the motivic content and a historical and analytical survey of the work's borrowings, both certifiable and newly proposed. The programmatic element of the Sonata is explored in the context of Ives's personal vision of four literary subjects associated with the town of Concord between 1840 and 1860: Emerson, Hawthorne, the Alcotts and Thoreau."--Jacket
Sigmund Romberg by William A Everett( Book )

7 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 359 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Hungarian-born composer Sigmund Romberg (1887-1951) arrived in America in 1909 and within eight years had achieved his first hit musical on Broadway. This early success was soon followed by others, and in the 1920s his popularity in musical theater was unsurpassed. In this book. William Everett offers the first detailed study of the gifted operetta composer, examining Romberg's key works and musical accomplishments and demonstrating his lasting importance in the history of American musicals."--Jacket
Experiencing Beethoven : a listener's companion by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

6 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 205 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Experiencing Beethoven paints a portrait of the composer?s youth in Bonn, his early triumphs and artistic maturation in Vienna, and, despite the challenges posed by his music to contemporaries, the recognition he received during his lifetime as the most acclaimed composer of his era. Block conveys the range and scope of Beethoven's achievement, from his lyricism to his heroic style, grappling throughout with Beethoven's power to communicate his idealistic musical vision to listeners in his time and ours. Finally, Experiencing Beethoven explains why Beethoven's music continues to enjoy an unwavering appeal in an age crowded in by other musical competitors
Schubert's reputation from his time to ours by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

2 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 70 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Richard Rodgers reader( Book )

12 editions published between 2002 and 2016 in English and held by 42 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The genesis of Beethoven's piano concertos in C major (op. 15) and B-flat major (op. 19) : chronology and compositional process by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

5 editions published between 1979 and 1985 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Heart & soul : the life and music of Frank Loesser( Visual )

1 edition published in 2006 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Documentary on the life and career of Frank Loesser, composer and lyricist who wrote hundreds of popular songs, contributed tunes to movies, and is best remembered for his Broadway musicals, such as Guys and dolls, The most happy fella, and How to succeed in business without really trying. Includes archival footage of Loesser, clips from films with which he was associated, and excerpts from interviews with family members, friends, colleagues, musicologists, etc
The Richard Rodgers Reader (Readers on American Musicians) by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2006 in Undetermined and English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ives and the "Sounds that Beethoven didn't have" by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Selected reviews 1888-1951( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ives : Concord sonata : piano sonata No 2 ... by Geoffrey Holden Block( Book )

4 editions published in 1996 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

American Musical Theater : Grove Music Essentials by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A survey of the history of musical theater in the United States. This ebook is a static version of an article from Grove Music Online, a continuously updated online resource, offering comprehensive coverage of the world's music written by leading scholars. For more information, visit
The Cambridge companion to the musical by Katherine K Preston( )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Adaptations and transformations : before 1940. American musical theatre before the twentieth century / Katherine K. Preston ; Non-English-language musical theatre in the United States / John Koegel ; Birth pangs, growing pains and sibling rivalry : musical theatre in New York, 1900-1920 / Orly Leah Krasner ; American and British operetta in the 1920s : romance, nostalgia and adventure / William A. Everett ; Images of African Americans : African-American musical theatre, Showboat, and Porgy and Bess / John Graziano ; The melody (and the words) linger on : American musical comedies of the 1920s and 1930s / Geoffrey Block -- Maturations and formulations : 1940-1970. We said we wouldnt look back : British musical theatre, 1935-1960 / John Snelson ; The coming of the musical play : Rodgers and Hammerstein / Ann Sears ; The successors of Rodgers and Hammerstein from the 1940s to the 1960s / Thomas L. Riis and Ann Sears ; Musical sophistication on Broadway : Kurt Weill and Leonard Bernstein / Bruce D. McClung and Paul R. Laird -- Evolutions and integrations : after 1970. Stephen Sondheim and the musical of the outsider / Jim Lovensheimer ; Choreographers, directors and the fully integrated musical / Paul R. Laird ; From Hair to Rent : is rock a four-letter word on Broadway? / Scott Warfield ; The megamusical : the creation, internationalisation and impact of a genre / Paul Prece and William A. Everett ; Something borrowed, something blue : the marriage of the musical and Europe / Judith Sebesta ; New horizons : the musical at the dawn of the twenty-first century / Bud Coleman -- Legacies and transformations. Why do they start to sing and dance all of a sudden? Examining the film musical / Graham Wood ; Revisiting classic musicals : revivals, film, television and recordings / Jessica Sternfeld ; The creation of a Broadway musical : Stephen Schwartz, Winnie Holzman, and Wicked / Paul R. Laird
Ives by Geoffrey Holden Block( )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 0 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Enchanted evenings : the Broadway musical from Show boat to Sondheim
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English (142)

Andrew Lloyd WebberCharles Ives and the classical traditionJerome KernRichard RodgersCharles Ives : a bio-bibliographyIves, Concord sonata : piano sonata no. 2 ("Concord, Mass., 1840-1860")Sigmund RombergThe Richard Rodgers reader