Cole Porter Handwritten Musical Notes
For Sale: £6,950.00
America songwriter and composer Cole Porter (1891-1964) was a major
contributor to the Great American Songbook, with hits such as "I've Got
You Under My Skin", "Let's Do It (Let's Fall in Love)" and "I Get a Kick
out of You". He wrote both the lyrics and music for his songs, which
was rare for a Tin Pan Alley composer. Popular musical comedies written
by Porter include "Anything Goes" and "Kiss Me, Kate".
This large 11" x 8" page features handwritten song lyrics composed by
Porter. The unsigned, undated page is lightly lined and from circa
1958. The page was obtained at the Waldorf Astoria Towers hotel, where
Porter lived, as described in an accompanying note.
His trademark 'list' format is evidenced in these notes, with multiple corrections and cross-outs:
What the Emperor likes…Droves of dromedaries…Requires ten
thousand lanterns…Winter robes of Russian sables…Criminals to
punish…Rarities from Sheba…Enjoys embroidered vestments…To give
expensive dinners…Gives many many expensive entertainments…Sofa made of
silver…Is fond of painted services of porcelain…Pavements made of
marble…Is fond of golden idols…Rather noisy fireworks…Solid gold
These pencil notes were made while writing for his final musical, Aladdin, which featured the last songs he ever completed.
Suffering from depression in the wake of many personal tragedies,
including the loss of his mother and his wife, Porter soon after
retreated from public life.
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Product Code: PT134