Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)
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Ten great librettists
8. Oscar Hammerstein II (1895-1960)
The 20th century's outstanding American librettist, Hammerstein (pictured right) co-wrote more than 800 songs in his hugely successful partnerships with such composers as Jerome Kern, Sigmund Romberg and - most famously - Richard Rodgers (pictured right). Their collaboration produced such classics as 'The Sound of Music', 'Oklahoma', 'Carousel', 'South Pacific' and 'The King and I'.