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MUSIC AUTOGRAPHS & ANTIQUARIAN
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COLE PORTER -  COMPOSER

Price: $450.00

VERY GOOD CONDITION

Boldly autographed first edition sheet music, for the title song of the 1937 film of the musical, “Rosalie”.  Chappell C-751-4, 6 pp. music begins on page 2 with ads for the other Porter numbers from the film on the back page, © 1937. We include a vintage 8” x 10” press glossy photograph suitable for framing.

Early in 1937, Porter (1891-1964) was tasked to come to Hollywood to write new songs by Louis B. Mayer for an MGM film adaptation of the 1928 Gershwin-Romberg scored musical “Rosalie”.  Gershwin at the time was living in Hollywood, writing the score of “Goldwyn’s Follies” and had begun to show the early signs of his brain tumor. The songs from the original musical were considered dated as was Romberg’s music.  Porter on the other hand was one of the hot Tin Pan Alley composer’s of the moment, despite the poor showing of his latest musical “Red, Hot and Blue”.  The film was cast with Nelson Eddy and Eleanor Powell whose photographs grace the front cover of the sheet music.  Porter wrote numerous versions of all of the songs for the film, the title song, our score in particular had 7 revisions before Mayer was pleased.  While the title song “Rosalie” took 7 revisions, the big hit of the film was the now standard, “In the Still of the Night”.

Despite a little crease at the bottom left corner, some minor central creases and a light stain at the top right, it would make a superb display with the photograph.  This specific song’s sheet music autographed by Porter is rare. 

Phone: 212-860-5541