Will You Remember
Music: Sigmund Romberg
Lyrics: Rida M. Johnson
Arr: Ruth Randle & Merv Rowley, 2012
As the 20th Century began in America,
the demand for parlor music and piano
rolls began to signal the decline of Tin Pan
Alley. Our nation began
to see a shift in tastes for entertainment to live
theaters, opera houses and concert halls. The latter
included less sophisticated programs than opera,
and a new venue of music known as "operettas"
was born....plays set to music.
Several new composers such as Sigmund Romberg began to
present such "light operas" as the one from
which this music appeared, Maytime. This operetta
was a love story told both with talking and singing by
cast members. This operetta was eventually produced as a
Jeanette MacDonald, Nelson Eddy, and John Barrymore.
Will You Remember, often referred to as the
"Sweetheart" song, is sung as closing music,
as the hero (Eddy) lies dying in the arms of the heroine
(MacDonald), having been shot with a pistol by a jealous
suitor (Barrymore)... a real tear-jerker.
This music provided a real challenge in its arrangement
for the dulcimer. We are proud of our effort and are
sure you will enjoy playing and hearing it.
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