If I Should Lose You

Alexandre Vianna and Radha Thomas

#IfIShouldLoseYou made its debut in the 1936 film #RoseOfTheRancho. The movie did not receive an auspicious review, #CliveHirschhorn in his book, #TheHollywoodMusical, describes the movie version as an, “uneasy mix of operetta and low comedy.” But It’s really quite a beautiful song. Both melody and lyric. And so it’s not surprising that it’s been covered by a ton of singers.

I love the song and here’s I’m performing it with @AlexandreVianna from #SaoPaulo. Love him too.

It was written by #RalphRainger (Reichenthal) who was a lawyer first and then a composer and pianist. A New Yorker, he played and composed for Broadway shows along with #LeoRobin, who wrote lyrics. Together they wrote several hit tunes in the 30s, 40s and 50s. But as the Hollywood movie industry began to take hold with musicals, both of them moved to the West Coast where the action and the money was. Writing songs for the world at large wasn’t easy. “On the stage after all, you can aim at a particular audience. You can please just New York, or just a small portion of New York. In pictures you have to please the whole country, and most of the world besides. The songs must have universal appeal, get down to something that every human being feels and can understand. That isn’t so hard really, once you get the trick of simplicity,” said Robin.

Rainger was a kind-hearted man who paid one year’s tuition fees for the Austrian composer #ArnoldSchönberg in so that he could bring all his belongings to #LosAngeles from #Paris in 1933. Sadly, at the young age of 41 Rainger died in a plane crash, a mid-air collision of an American Airlines flight and a US Army Corps bomber. Robin, who lived until the age of 84 died in 1985 of a heart ailment. .


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