Bitter Sweet - Noel Coward. Sheet Music Download


Bitter Sweet Selection for Piano
Music by Noel Coward, Arranged by H.M. Higgs.

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From Wikipedia.
Bitter Sweet is an operetta in three acts written by Nol Coward and first produced in 1929 at Her Majesty's Theatre in London. It ran for a very successful 967 performances.

The relatively simple plot - set in 19th century and early 20th century England and Austria-Hungary, and concerning a young woman's elopement with her music teacher - is used as the hook for a series of light operatic numbers, many with complex melodies strongly reminiscent of Gilbert and Sullivan. Of the songs in the show, the best known by far is "I'll See You Again", used as a recurring motif throughout the play. Another popular song is "If Love Were All". Short on memorable Cowardian dialogue, Bitter Sweet nonetheless stands out as containing some of Coward's best music and has always been popular in revivals around the world, a number of which have been recorded on CD. It was filmed twice, in 1933 in black-and-white (in Britain, with Anna Neagle and Fernand Gravet in the leading roles) and in 1940 in Technicolor by MGM, starring Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy. Coward disliked the 1940 film.

Sir Nol Peirce Coward (16 December 1899 26 March 1973) was an English playwright, composer, director, actor and singer, known for his wit, flamboyance, and what Time magazine called "a sense of personal style, a combination of cheek and chic, pose and poise".
Born in Teddington, a suburb of London, NoelCoward attended a dance academy in London as a child, making his professional stage dbut at the age of eleven.
As a teenager he was introduced into the high society in which most of his plays would be set.
Coward achieved enduring success as a playwright, publishing more than 50 plays from his teens onwards. Many of his works, such as Hay Fever, Private Lives, Design for Living, Present Laughter and Blithe Spirit, have remained in the regular theatre repertoire. He composed hundreds of songs, in addition to well over a dozen musical theatre works (including the operetta Bitter Sweet and comic revues), poetry, several volumes of short stories, the novel Pomp and Circumstance, and a three-volume autobiography. Coward's stage and film acting and directing career spanned six decades, during which he starred in many of his own works.
At the outbreak of World War II, Noel Coward volunteered for war work, running the British propaganda office in Paris. He also worked with the Secret Service, seeking to use his influence to persuade the American public and government to help Britain.
Noel Coward won an Academy Honorary Award in 1943 for his naval film drama, In Which We Serve, and was knighted in 1969. In the 1950s he achieved fresh success as a cabaret performer, performing his own songs, such as "Mad Dogs and Englishmen", "London Pride" and "I Went to a Marvellous Party".

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