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Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II
Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II


  • One night a show opens and suddenly there's a whole new concept. But it isn't the result of a trend; it's because one, two, three or more people sat down and sweated over an idea that somehow clicked and broke loose. It can be about anything and take off in any direction, and when it works, there's your present and your future.  
      Richard Rodgers, 1975, Musical Stages

     
  • The most important ingredient of a good song is sincerity. Let the song be yours and yours alone. However important, however trivial, believe it. Mean it from the bottom of your heart, and say what is on your mind as carefully, as clearly, as beautifully as you can.  
      Oscar Hammerstein II, 1949

     
  • I must know how they (the characters) feel, and then I can give them a song to express it.  
      Richard Rodgers, 1943  


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