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Hugh Martin Hidden Treasures CD

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    Songs For Stage and Stage - 1941-2010

    Composer-lyricist Martin is best known for three classic American songs featured in MGM&rsquos 1944 film musical Meet Me in St. Louis: &ldquoThe Trolley Song&rdquo &ldquoThe Boy Next Door&rdquo and &ldquoHave Yourself a Merry Little Christmas.&rdquo But his output extended from 1941 (his first Broadway musical Best Foot Forward) through 2010 an unprecedented career of seven decades that made him the elder statesman of American song.
    The CD opens with a 1941 selection from Best Foot Forward and closes with Martin&rsquos final completed song. Virtually all of the album&rsquos 30 songs are accompanied by Martin himself at the piano &ndash providing listeners with the chance to gain valuable insight into the composer&rsquos intentions. Martin also performs five vocals.
    Produced by musical theater authorities Bill Rudman and Ken Bloom the &ldquoHidden Treasures&rdquo CD is supplemented by an 88-page booklet with articles on Martin&rsquos multifaceted talent. Mark Eden Horowitz a senior music specialist at the Library of Congress writes about Martin as composer and vocal arranger master lyricist Sheldon Harnick (Fiddler on the Roof She Loves Me) discusses the work of his fellow lyricist Michael Feinstein comments on Martin as fellow vocalist (the two collaborated on a Martin songbook CD in 1992) Ted Chapin president of the Rodgers & Hammerstein Organization talks about the influence of Martin&rsquos mentor Richard Rodgers and Terry O&rsquoDonnell Martin&rsquos music editor for the last 18 years of his life offers a vivid picture of the songwriter&rsquos working process.

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