Monday, May 11, 2020
Joseph Kosma is interesting. He wrote the music to "Autumn Leaves," with words by Prévert, and was a Hungarian Jew who wrote a lot of other music as well. The English lyrics are my Johnny Mercer, one of the best lyricists in the great American songbook tradition. I found a recording of Autumn Leaves by Germaine Montero, whom I am studying now as a link between Lorca and the Chanson Française.