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Among Yale’s most notable musical alumni, Porter (1891–1964) is recognized as one of the greatest Broadway and Hollywood composers of the golden years. Only two such American icons—Porter and Irving Berlin—wrote their own lyrics. Enduring standards such as “Night and Day,” “I Get a Kick Out of You,” “Begin the Beguine,” and “You’re the Top!” have become a part of the American songbook vernacular, performed by jazz musicians and Broadway stars alike.
Drawing on the Gilmore Music Library’s extensive Cole Porter Collection, the exhibit presents photographs, letters, scrapbooks, and music manuscripts to illustrate both the work and the life of this remarkable man. MORE