30 Days of Sheet Music: Day 26, “September Song”


For today: one of the great classics of American popular song, written by the German exile Kurt Weill (who bridged the concert hall and Broadway), reportedly in a couple of hours for Walter Huston.  (Like “Send in the Clowns,” it was adapted to the original singer’s limitations.)

A great song is more than a tune, of course, it’s also lyrics, and playwright Maxwell Anderson (one of Weill’s many brilliant lyricists) catches that bittersweet, backward looking feel of time passing by.

Here’s Sarah Vaughan’s rendition.

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