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Carl Van Vechten photo of Harold Arlen, 1960
Born: Chaim Arluck, February 15, 1905, Buffalo, New York (US)
Died: April 23, 1986 (age 81), New York City
Primary songwriting role: composer; also pianist and singer
Overview and Commentary
Harold Arlen (This section is currently in preparation)
On his Saturday, August 6, 2011 radio show, Schwartz commented that he knew of only two Harold Arlen songs written in a minor key, which was surprising given the bluesy quality that inhabits so much of the composer's work. He cited "For Every Man There's a Woman" and "Paris Is a Lonely Town" (the latter currently not included in the Cafe Songbook Catalog).
Schwartz has often noted that whereas one of Richard Rodgers' favorite forms of compostion is the waltz, Arlen seldom wrote waltzes, a rare exception being "When the Boys Come Home" from Bloomer Girl (1944).
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