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Now We Just Have to Get to New Haven

We found the music for "Carnival" (at least three of the selections). They're in the Yale Music Library!

Hopefully we'll be able to scout these up once we're in the Post-virus Era!

Cheers from DC!




Re ci chiama : Carnival-king and country cali...] Il re ci chiama : Carnival-king and country cali... / lyric by William Kernell ; music by Oscar Levant.
Part of Collection — Box: 11, Folder: 357
Call Number: MSS 65, Series I, Sub-Series I.F

Re: Now We Just Have to Get to New Haven

Good detective work.

A sad state for this country, and the world, is in right now. Despite what the medical sources (and media sources) are saying, I believe this pandemic will go through the end of the year. Maybe beyond that.

What are the music charts (or notes) from a Charlie Chan film doing at the Yale Music Library? How did they get them? Do they have other material related to Chan films? Just curious.

Re: Now We Just Have to Get to New Haven

Dear Mike and Rachel!

GREAT JOB! You are hereby declared the Nick and Nora of Charlie Chan family! Hopefully one day you will be able to make that trip to New Haven!


Re: Now We Just Have to Get to New Haven


The materials for "Carnival" are in a collection called the "Kay Swift Papers" at the Yale University Music Library. Kay Swift was a songwriter / composer (and a paramour of George Gershwin).

We're not sure how some of Levant's work got into the collection of her papers (maybe another romantic interest? ...could be an interesting story here...), but her collection went to Yale in 1993.

"CC at the Opera" was from 1936. At that time, she was working in New York and knew Levant.

One anecdote that is illustrative: "As the couple entered a nightclub one evening, Oscar Levant reportedly announced, 'Ah, look! Here comes George Gershwin with the future Miss Kay Swift.'" [everyone knew they were having an affair, but didn't intend to marry...]

Best wishes,

Nick and Nora (a.k.a. Mike and Rachel in DC)