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Kern, Jerome (David)locked

  • Ronald Byrnside
  •  and Andrew Lamb

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(b New York, 27 Jan 1885; d New York, 11 Nov 1945). American composer. He was one of the most significant composers in the history of American popular musical theatre. His songs established a pattern for American show songs, and his theatre scores provided the bridge by which the 19th-century Ruritanian operetta style evolved into that of the specifically 20th-century American musical, with its close integration of book, lyrics and music....

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