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Leslie Stuart : composer of Florodora
Lamb, Andrew.
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New York ; London : Routledge, 2002.
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xiv, 295 pages : illustrations, facsimiles ; 24 cm.
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Leslie Stuart (1864-1928) was a British songwriter best remembered as the composer of the hit show, Florodora. He began writing popular songs as a teenager, first for blackface and vaudeville performers, and eventually for more "legitimate" shows and revues. Florodora (1899), written in collaboration with London's most fashionable librettist, Owen Hall, was a musical-comedy sensation. Its combination of the traditional slow love ballads and waltzes with more rhythmic and long-lined numbers made it a worldwide success. He continued to compose through the first decade of the 20th century, laying the groundwork for the coming innovations in British and American musical theater.

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Andrew Lamb has written about light music and musical theater for over thirty years. He contributes to Gramophone and The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians and has written many CD booklet notes. He lives in Croydon, England

Table of Contents

Series Introductionp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Chapter 1 Irish Ancestry, Lancashire Boyhoodp. 1
Chapter 2 Early Career in Manchesterp. 13
Chapter 3 Expanding Horizonsp. 27
Chapter 4 Concert Promoter and Song Composerp. 41
Chapter 5 Leslie Stuart: Popular Songwriterp. 53
Chapter 6 Eugene Stratton, and Musical Piracyp. 65
Chapter 7 Florodorap. 79
Chapter 8 From the West End to Broadwayp. 95
Chapter 9 The Silver Slipperp. 113
Chapter 10 Across Americap. 127
Chapter 11 The School Girlp. 145
Chapter 12 Fruits of Successp. 159
Chapter 13 The Belle of Mayfairp. 171
Chapter 14 Havanap. 187
Chapter 15 Captain Kidd and the Slim Princessp. 205
Chapter 16 Peggy, Bankruptcy, and Bubblesp. 219
Chapter 17 World War I, America, and Ninap. 235
Chapter 18 Death and Legacyp. 253
Sourcesp. 269
Compositionsp. 273
Indexp. 287