Richard Rodgers was an American writer of audio for over 900 tunes as well as for 4-3 Broadway musicals. In addition, he composed music for movies and video. He is best-known for his song-writing partnerships using the lyricists Lorenz Hart and Oscar Hammerstein II His compositions experienced a substantial effect on popular music to the present day, and have a withstanding extensive attractiveness.
Rodgers was the primary man to win what are the most notable show company awards in video, record, motion picture films plus Broadway—an Emmy , a Grammy , an Oscar , and a Tony —now understood together as an EGOT He has additionally won a Pulitzer Prize , creating him one of a couple ( Marvin Hamlisch is the other) to obtain each honour.
Produced right into a wealthy ethnic German-Jewish family in Arverne, Queens , New York , Rodgers was the son of Mamie (Levy) and Dr. William Abrahams Rodgers, a leading doctor who had altered the family title from Abrahams. Richard started playing the piano at age six. He attended P.S. 10, Townsend Harris Corridor and DeWitt Clinton High-School Rodgers invested his early teen summers in Camp Wigwam ( Waterford, Maine ) where he composed a number of his first tunes.
Rodgers, Lorenz Hart , and after collaborator Oscar Hammerstein II all attended Columbia College At Columbia, Rodgers joined the Pi Lambda Phi fraternity. In 1921, Rodgers switched his studies to the Institute of Musical Art (now Juilliard ). Rodgers was impacted by composers including Victor Herbert and Jerome Kern , in addition to from the operettas his parents took him to see on Broadway when he was a youngster.
When he was simply from school Rodgers labored as musical director for Lew Fields Among the stars he followed were Nora Bayes and Fred Allen Rodgers was contemplating stopping show business wholly to sell kids’s underclothing, when he and Hart eventually broke through in 19 25. They composed the tunes to get a gain show offered by the esteemed Theatre Guild , called The Garrick Gaieties , along with the critics discovered the display fresh and delightful. Simply intended to run one-day, the Guild understood they had successful and enabled it to reopen afterwards. The present’s greatest hit — the tune that Rodgers consideredcreated; Rodgers and Hart — was Manhattan. The 2 were now a Broadway song-writing force.