Master Lyricists


IRA GERSHWIN (1896-1983) After the early death of his brother George with whom he had successfully collaborated on Broadway musicals, Ira continued on as a much-in-demand lyricist, working with composers Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, Harry Warren, and Harold Arlen.

YIP HARBURG (1896-1981) wrote the lyrics for two of our most iconic songs, “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime” and “Over th\eRainbow.” He collaborated with such composers as Harold Arlen, Vernon Duke, Jerome Kern, Jule Styne, and Burton Lane.

DOROTHY FIELDS (1904-1975) In the course of a remarkably long career, with successes from the 1920s all the way into the 1970s, Dorothy Fields wrote some of the most enduring lyrics of the golden age of the American popular song. She was rare, a woman in a man's world.

CAROLYN LEIGH (1926 – 1983) was an American lyricist for Broadway, film and popular songs. She is best known as the writer with partner Cy Coleman of the pop standards"Witchcraft" and "The Best Is Yet to Come". With Johnny Richards, she wrote the million-seller "Young at Heart" for the film of the same name, starring Frank Sinatra.

OSCAR HAMMERSTEIN II was (1895-1960) a lyricist, librettist, theatrical producer, and director in the musical theater for almost 40 years. He won eight Tony Awards and two Academy Awards for Best Original Song. Many of his songs are standard repertoire for vocalists and jazz musicians.

Oscar Winner 1953

Oscar Winner 1945

Oscar WInner 1944