DUKE, VERNON (VLADIMIR DUKELSKY). (1903-1969). Russian-born, American composer, pianist and songwriter. AMusQS. (“Vernon Duke”). 1p. Oblong 12mo. N.p., 1937. A vintage, two-measure quotation from “April in Paris” written in ink on a pale green album page.
“April in Paris” performed by Ella Fitzgerald
Though classically trained, Duke became interested in the compositions of Irving Berlin and George Gershwin and, while composing classical works under his real name, he began to write songs using the pen name Vernon Duke. The author of a ballet, operettas and incidental film music, Duke collaborated with Ira Gershwin and Ogden Nash achieving considerable success with The Garrick Gaieties, The Ziegfeld Follies and other Broadway revues. Though his most popular work was his 1940 musical Cabin in the Sky, some of his more famous songs include “I Like the Likes of You,” “Autumn in New York,” “I Can’t Get Started,” “Taking a Chance on Love,” and “April in Paris,” which he wrote for the 1932 musical revue Walk a Little Faster. The song, with lyrics by E.Y. “Yip” Harburg, was performed by torch singer Evelyn Hoey and was unquestionably the most popular song in the show.
Folded with three file holes in the left margin not affecting the writing. Lightly age toned. In very good condition and uncommon in vintage examples.