“A song is a lot of things. But, first of all, a song is the voice of its time. Setting words to music gives them weight, makes then somehow easier to say, and it helps them to be remembered. It may be that we can sing what we often cannot say, whether it be from shyness, fear, lack of the right words or the passion or dramatic gift to express them. More souls have rallied to more causes by the strains of music than by straining rhetoric.” Richard Rodgers
Celebrated songwriter/composer team Rodgers and Hammerstein redefined American musical theater in the 1940s and 50s. The team produced famed musicals Oklahoma! (1943), Carousel (1945), South Pacific (1949), The King and I (1951), The Sound of Music (1959) and Cinderella for television (1957). Together they won 35 Tony Awards, 15 Academy Awards, two Pulitzer Prizes, two Grammy Awards and two Emmy Awards. Richard Rodgers is also one of only 12 people worldwide to win the Emmy, Grammy, Oscar and Tony awards.
The Music Library at University of South Carolina boasts a comprehensive collection of works by Rodgers and Hammerstein including musical plays, musical scores and recordings in many formats. Recently, the collections was substantially increased through a generous donation by Dr. Yvonne Moore and Mr. Schuyler Moore to include additional vocal scores of musicals such as Cinderella, arrangements for various instruments, song selections, biographies, histories, as well as arrangements for children. With this important addition, our Rodgers and Hammerstein collection now serves the needs of patrons of all ages and musical backgrounds.