Kern, Jerome, 1885-1945

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Dates:
Birth 1885-01-27
Death 1945-11-11
Americans
English

Biographical notes:

Jerome Kern (1885-1945) was an American composer and lyricist whose work included numerous musical theater productions.

From the guide to the Jerome Kern sheet music, 1904-1946., (Harvard Theatre Collection, Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University)

Jerome Kern, composer. Dorothy Fields, Ira Gershwin, Otto Harbach, Johnny Mercer, Oscar Hammerstein II, and P.G. Wodehouse, lyricists. Jeffrey Hatcher, librettist. Howard Lindsay and Allan Scott, authors of source material.

From the description of Never gonna dance: typescript, 2001. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122485011

American composer.

From the description of The Big Show. / Words by Edgar Allan Woolf. / Music by Jerome Kern. [1918?] (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566529

From the description of "Terzetto / (Finaletto Act I.)" : autograph manuscript, 1938 Dec. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270566532

From the description of Autograph letter signed, dated : London, [n.d., 1905-1915?], to M[aude]. Hamill, [1905-1915?]. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270966465

From the description of "Hulda" Twostep. / Jerome D. Kern: autograph manuscript, [1910s?]. 1910-1919. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270904472

Jerome Kern was an American composer.

From the description of ALS, [1935], March 27, Culver City, California, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122597185

From the description of TLS, 1940, March 1, Beverly Hills, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122517414

From the description of ALS, [1934], May 5, Bronxville, N.Y., to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122615718

From the guide to the TLS, Beverly Hills, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore, 1940, March 1, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

From the guide to the ALS, Culver City, California, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore, 1935], March 27, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

From the guide to the ALS, Bronxville, N.Y., to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore, 1934], May 5, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

Discusses economic arrangements for song title ideas. Opens "Dear Saint Cecelia" and is signed "Peter".

From the description of TLS, 1939, Feb. 27, Beverly Hills, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 86164248

From the guide to the TLS, 1939, Feb. 27, Beverly Hills, to Mrs. Joseph Cooper, Baltimore, (The New York Public Library. Music Division.)

Jerome Kern was a composer for the American musical theater.

From the description of A girl and a drum: typescript, 1941. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 122456180

Jerome David Kern, composer, well known for his musicals which were produced from 1906 to 1939. He was born Jan. 27, 1885, and died Nov. 11, 1945, in New York City.

From the description of Jerome Kern collection, 1905-1945. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 32743152

Alfred Tennyson was a British poet and playwright.

From the guide to the Alfred Tennyson collection of papers, 1823-1907, (The New York Public Library. Henry W. and Albert A. Berg Collection of English and American Literature.)

Jerome Kern, composer. Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, playwrights.

From the description of Sitting pretty: typescript, n.d. (New York Public Library). WorldCat record id: 144652478

Robert Russell Bennett was an American composer, orchestrator and conductor.

From the guide to the Robert Russell Bennett papers, 1911-1981, (Music Library)

Biographical Note

  • 1885, Jan. 27: Jerome David Kern is born in New York City to Henry Kern and Fanny Kakeles
  • 1902: Kern studies harmony, theory and the piano at the New York College of Music
  • 1903: Kern studies music theory and composition in Heidelberg, Germany
  • 1904: Kern works as a song-plugger (notably for T. B. Harms) and as a rehearsal pianist in Broadway theatres. Kern begins interpolating songs into musicals
  • 1905: The Earl and the Girl opens in New York; "How'd You Like to Spoon with Me?" is interpolated into the score
  • 1906: Kern works in London, interpolating songs into musical shows
  • 1910, Oct. 25: Kern marries Eva Leale in England
  • 1912, Nov. 13: The Red Petticoat opens in New York
  • 1913, Oct. 30: Oh, I Say! opens in New York
  • 1914: The Girl from Utah opens in New York; "They Didn't Believe Me" is interpolated into the score
  • 1915, Jan. 15: Ninety in the Shade opens in New York
  • 1915, April 20: Nobody Home opens in New York
  • 1915, Dec. 23: Very Good Eddie opens in New York
  • 1917, Jan. 11: Have a Heart opens in New York
  • 1917, Jan. 15: Love o' Mike opens in New York
  • 1917, Feb. 20: Oh, Boy! opens in New York
  • 1917, Aug. 28: Leave It to Jane opens in New York
  • 1918, Feb. 1: Oh, Lady! Lady!! opens in New York
  • 1918, March 11: Toot-Toot! opens in New York
  • 1918, April 29: Head Over Heels opens in New York
  • 1918, May 22: Rock-a-Bye Baby opens in New York
  • 1918, Dec. 16: Kern's daughter Elizabeth (Betty) Jane Kern is born
  • 1919, May 5: She's a Good Fellow opens in New York
  • 1920, Feb. 2: Night Boat opens in New York
  • 1920, Dec. 21: Sally opens in New York
  • 1921, Nov. 1: Good Morning Dearie opens in New York
  • 1922, Sept. 19: The Cabaret Girl opens in London
  • 1922, Nov. 28: The Bunch and Judy opens in New York
  • 1923, Sept. 5: The Beauty Prize opens in London
  • 1923, Nov. 6: Stepping Stones opens in New York
  • 1924, April 8: Sitting Pretty opens in New York
  • 1924, Sept. 23: Dear Sir opens in New York
  • 1925, Sept. 22: Sunny opens in New York
  • 1925, Oct. 26: The City Chap opens in New York
  • 1926, Oct. 12: Criss Cross opens in New York
  • 1927, March 22: Lucky opens in New York
  • 1927, April 27: Blue Eyes opens in London
  • 1927, Dec. 27: Show Boat opens in New York
  • 1929: Sally (film) opens
  • 1929: Show Boat (film) opens
  • 1929, Sept. 2: Sweet Adeline opens in New York
  • 1930: Sunny (film) opens
  • 1931: Men of the Sky (film) opens
  • 1931, Oct. 15: The Cat and the Fiddle opens in New York
  • 1932, Nov. 8: Music in the Air opens in New York
  • 1933: The Cat and the Fiddle (film) opens
  • 1933, Nov. 18: Roberta opens in New York
  • 1934, April 9: Three Sisters opens in London
  • 1934: Music in the Air (film) opens
  • 1935: I Dream Too Much (film) opens
  • 1935: Roberta (film) opens
  • 1935: Sweet Adeline (film) opens
  • 1936: Show Boat (2nd film) opens
  • 1936: Swing Time (film) opens
  • 1937: High, Wide and Handsome (film) opens
  • 1937: When You're in Love (film) opens
  • 1938: The Joy of Living (film) opens
  • 1938: Gentlemen Unafraid opens in St. Louis
  • 1939, Nov. 17: Very Warm for May opens in New York
  • 1940: One Night in the Tropics (film) opens
  • 1941: Lady Be Good (film) opens, "The Last Time I Saw Paris" is interpolated into the score
  • 1941: Sunny (2nd film) opens
  • 1942: You Were Never Lovelier (film) opens
  • 1944: Can't Help Singing (film) opens
  • 1944: Cover Girl (film) opens
  • 1945, Nov. 11: Kern dies in New York
  • 1946: Centennial Summer (film) opens

From the guide to the Jerome Kern Collection, 1905-1945, (Music Division Library of Congress)

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Subjects:

  • Piano music
  • Prompt-book
  • Songs with piano
  • Songs
  • Music--Manuscripts--Facsimiles
  • Musicals--Scores and parts
  • Songs with orchestra--Scores
  • Singers--Drama
  • Composers--Drama
  • Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged
  • Musicals--Scores
  • Composers
  • Lyricists--Drama
  • Musical theater
  • Jazz
  • Horn with instrumental ensemble, Arranged--Parts
  • Actors--Drama
  • Songs (Medium voice) with instrumental ensemble--Parts
  • Popular music
  • Operas--Excerpts--Piano scores
  • Musical comedies--Librettos. Criss cross
  • Race relations--Drama
  • Music--Manuscripts
  • Popular music--1911-1920
  • Songs (Medium voice)
  • Jazz--Scores and part
  • Musicals--Vocal scores with piano
  • Big band music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Musical comedies--Librettos. Hitchy--Koo of 1920
  • Musical sketches
  • Orchestral music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Popular music--1971-1980
  • Musicals--Excerpts, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • String quartets--Scores and parts
  • Incidental music--Excerpts--Scores
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Vocal scores with piano
  • Man-woman relationships--Drama
  • Composers--Correspondence
  • Composers--United States--Correspondence
  • Musical shows
  • Musicals--Excerpts--Vocal scores with piano
  • Musical revues, comedies, etc.--Excerpts
  • Theater--Drama
  • Musicals--Parts
  • Community theater--Drama
  • Dance music (Piano)
  • Musical comedies--Librettos. Oh, boy
  • Motion picture music--Excerpts, Arranged
  • Popular music, Arranged--Scores and parts
  • Actresses--Drama

Occupations:

  • Collector
  • Composers

Places:

  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Germany (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • Australia--Melbourne (Vic.) (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)
  • United States (as recorded)
  • New York (State)--New York (as recorded)