Saturday, June 9, 2018

Linguistic decipherment (1)

Where is she from?
Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe
Lerner: How about... “Oozing charm from every pore, he oiled his way about the floor...”
And when at last the dance was done, he glowed as if he knew he’d won. And with a voice too eager and a smile too broad...”
Lowe: He announces to the hostess, “She is a fraud!”
Lerner: That’s it. Zoltan Caparthy, the Hungarian linguist. “I can tell, that she was born... HUNGARIAN!”
Lowe: “Not only Hungarian, but of ROYAL BLOOD. She is a PRINCESS.”
Often listened to the long playing record of My Fair Lady in the 1950s, and the songs are still imprinted on my memory.
And was Zoltan Caparthy correct? As Professor Higgins said, that blackguard was up to to his old tricks, using the science of speech to swindle and teach. But the old fraud was fooled. Liza was Cockney.
That incomparable team, lyricist Lerner and composer Lowe. Wouldn’t you you have liked to be in the room while they composed?

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