The World's Greatest Lyricists

OSH 995 / Non Credit
Course taught in: English

Course Description: “Lyric” derives via Latin lyricus from the Greek (lyrikos), the adjectival form of lyre.  This eventually led to its use as “lyrics.”  The singular form “lyric” is still used to mean the complete words to a song.  There are historical moments that trigger new lyric ideas -The Depression, with both its serious laments (“Brother Can You Spare A Dime?” and its brave upbeat defiances of poverty (“I can’t Give You Anything But Love.”) 



Week 1

Otto Harbach, George M. Cohen, P.G. Wodehouse, Joseph McCarthy, Gus Kahn, Irving Berlin

Week 2

Haven Gillespie, Joe Young, Al Dublin, Cole Porter, Clarence Gaskil, Arthur Freed

Week 3

Ted Koehler, Oscar Hammerstein, Lorenz Hart, Howard Dietz, Ira Gershwin, E.Y. Harburg

Week 4

Ray Henderson, Hoagy Carmichael, Mitchell Parish, Ray Noble, Dorothy Fields, Paul Francis Webster

Week 5

Johnny Burke, Johnny Mercer, Frank Loesser, Bobby Troup, Tom Adair, Sammy Cahn

Week 6

Green & Comden, Alan Jay Lerner, Peggy Lee, Carolyn Leigh, Fran Landesman, Stephen Sondheim


Instructor: Mr. Brian Murphy

This course is available as part of the following:

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
These courses and programs are available at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Membership is required. Our classes take place in Lau Founders Hall, 1550 Brescia Ave., Coral Gables, FL 33146 unless otherwise noted below.

OLLI 2019-2020 Membership is required to take this course and will be added to your cart upon enrollment. If you already have purchased a membership, you will not be charged for this membership.
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Starts: 8/1/2019 Ends: 7/31/2020