New York Musical Festival – 2019 NYMF Auction
Auction Ends: Dec 3, 2019 11:59 PM EST


Framed Gershwin "No Village Like Mine" original sheet music cover

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Estimated Value
$75 USD
Opening Bid
$25 USD

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Item Description

This framed original sheet music cover to the Copeland/Gershwin song "No Village Like Mine" from the 1943 movie musical THE NORTH STAR with music by Aaron Copland, lyrics by Ira Gershwin, screenplay by Lillian Hellman, directed by Lewis Milestone and produced by Samuel Goldwyn.  Cast included Walter Huston, Walter Brennan, Eric von Stroheim, Anne Baxter, Jane Withers, and Farley Granger.

According to movie musical lore Samuel Goldwyn approached Ira Gerswhin to work with composer Aaron Copland on a group of folk-songs for this tale of heroic Soviet peasants struggling to withstand the onslaught of the German army during World War II.  A number of the film’s songs were published, but they did not prove to be any more popular than the film itself.  During the Hollywood blacklist era, the pro-Soviet position of THE NORTH STAR was cited by members of the House Un-American Activities Committee as evidence of Communist infiltration into Hollywood.  Ira Gerswhin himself was called to testify before the California Senate’s version of the Un-American Activities committee in 1948 regarding his involvement with the Committee for the First Amendment, which had been organized to support the so-called Hollywood Ten.

"No Village Like Mine" was the 2nd song in movie

The framed dimensions are approximately 21 3/4 inches by 24 3/4 inches. Frame is a wood finish and in fantastic condition. 

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