^ Back to Top
^ Back to Discography
Classical Music Home

The World's Leading Classical Music Group

Email Password  
Not a subscriber yet?
Keyword Search
in
 

OTTO HARBACH  

(1873 - 1963)

Otto Harbach gave up careers as professor of English, New York newspaperman, and advertising executive for the musical stage. He had minor successes with his early collaborator, Karl Hoschna, but later turned out hit after hit.

Rose Marie, Harbach’s play with Lucien Hubbard, was a silent film with Joan Crawford before becoming a successful operetta in 1924 with music by Rudolph Friml. The 1936 film Rose Marie starred Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy in memorable performances of its title cut and “Indian Love Call.” Another partnership with Friml produced The Firefly, which was adapted for film in 1937 by Ogden Nash and included the additional song “Donkey Serenade”.

Sunny (1924), a play written with Oscar Hammerstein II, became a musical starring Marilyn Miller. In addition to the title cut, Jerome Kern’s score also produced “Who.” In 1930 another Harbach play became the musical No, No Nanette with music by Vincent Youmans. Two of the hit songs were “I Want to Be Happy” and “Tea for Two,” the latter, the title of a 1950 Hollywood musical starring Doris Day.

Harbach adapted the Alice Duer Miller novel, Gowns By Roberta, for the operetta, Roberta in 1935. With Kern’s music and Harbach’s lyrics it produced “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” “The Touch of Your Hand,” and “Yesterdays.” Taking an additional song, “Lovely to Love At,” as its title, Roberta became a film in 1952.

The Desert Song, the 1926 operetta with book by Harbach, music by Sigmund Romberg and lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, starred the duo of MacDonald and Eddy in the 1940 film where they again thrilled audiences with the hit title song and “One Alone”.

In 1914 Harbach founded the American Society for Authors, Composers and Publishers (ASCAP), serving as a director (1920-1963), vice president (1936-1940) and president (1950-1953).

-- Sandra Burlingame

Courtesy of JazzStandards.com

View by Role: Non-Classical Composer | Lyricist
Role: Non-Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
DAVIS, Miles: Boplicity (1949-1953) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120772
Jazz
TATUM: Improvisations Naxos
8.559130
Instrumental
Role: Lyricist 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
ADLER, Larry: The Great Larry Adler (1934-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120608
Nostalgia
BAKER, Josephine: Un Message Pour Toi (1926-1937) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120630
Nostalgia
BIGBANDS LIVE - Orchester Kurt Edelhagen (1954) Jazzhaus
101718
Jazz
CROOKS, Richard: Neapolitan Love Song (1924-1933) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120639
Operetta
CROOKS, Richards: Opera Arias / Songs (1925-1945) Delos
DE5501
Operetta
DORSEY, Tommy: Swing High (1936-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120632
Jazz
EDDY, Nelson: A Perfect Day (1935-1947) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120591
Nostalgia
GARDNER, Freddy: Freddy Gardner (1939-1950) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120506
Nostalgia
HOLIDAY, Billie: Fine and Mellow (1936-1941) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120583
Jazz
KERN, J.: Songs (Can't Help Singing - A New Look at Jerome Kern Classics) (Voices of Ascension, Keene) Delos
DE3224
Choral - Secular
KERN: The Song Is You (1925-1945) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120827
Nostalgia
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923) Naxos Historical
8.111385
Vocal
MCCORMACK, John: Remember (1911-1928) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120782
Nostalgia
PINZA, Ezio: Some Enchanted Evening (1949-1954) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120643
Nostalgia
ROMBERG: Romberg Conducts Romberg, Vol. 1 (1945-1951) Naxos Historical
8.110866
Operetta
STARS of the GOLDEN ERA Naxos Nostalgia
8.120754-55
Nostalgia
ULTIMATE VOCAL COLLECTION (THE) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120863-64
Nostalgia
UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND OF MID-AMERICA: Evening with Starlifter (An) Altissimo
75442260042
Pop and Rock
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - PORTER, C. / RODGERS, R. / HART, L / COOLEY, E. / SILVA, J. / JOBIM, A. / ARLEN, H. / GERSHWIN, G. / KERN, J. Ondine
ODE1105-2
Contemporary Jazz
Vocal Recital: Mattila, Karita - WAGNER, R. / DVORAK, A. / VERDI, G. / PUCCINI, G. / SIBELIUS, J. / MARTENSON, L. (The Irresistible Karita Mattila) Ondine
ODE1171-2
Contemporary Jazz




 
 
  View Albums
 
 




 Tell a Friend |  Bookmark this page Digg It |  Bookmark this page Del.icio.us. |  Add to Facebook Facebook |  FURL FURL |  Add to MySpace MySpace |  Stumbleupon StumbleUpon |  Twitter Twitter

Famous Composers Quick Link:
Bach | Beethoven | Chopin | Dowland | Handel | Haydn | Mozart | Glazunov | Schumann | R Strauss | Vivaldi
9:32:17 PM, 20 September 2014
All Naxos Historical, Naxos Classical Archives, Naxos Jazz, Folk and Rock Legends and Naxos Nostalgia titles are not available in the United States and some titles may not be available in Australia and Singapore because these countries have copyright laws that provide or may provide for terms of protection for sound recordings that differ from the rest of the world.
Copyright © 2014 Naxos Digital Services Ltd. All rights reserved.     Terms of Use     Privacy Policy
-212-
Classical Music Home
NOTICE: This site was unavailable for several hours on Saturday, June 25th 2011 due to some unexpected but essential maintenance work. We apologize for any inconvenience.