Previously unheard musical scores from some of the greatest Hollywood composers finally got their debut in Sheffield last night.
A 30 piece orchestra, made up of staff and students from the University of Sheffield, lent their musicality to bring these little-known songs to public consciousness.
The two hour performance featured show tunes from Rodgers and Hammerstein, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin that were cut from popular musicals such as The King and I, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers and Annie Get Your Gun.
Researchers from the Department of Music at Sheffield University discovered the songs in the archives of Library of Congress and the New York Public Library. The show on Sunday was a culmination of many years of research by lecturers and PhD students alike.
Dr McHugh Goodman, Reader in Musicology and the head of the project, said that the music was often discarded from the final cut due to technical difficulties while playing, or if their message didn’t fit with the overall tone of the musical.
He said: “It’s incredibly exciting to be able to perform these little-known songs by Broadway’s best, in some cases for the very first time. We’ve been given special permission to bring these fascinating songs to Sheffield.”
For more information about the project visit the Music Department page at www.sheffield.ac.uk.