Tea For Two Piano Solo By Vincent Youmans From 1925


“Tea for Two” is a song from the 1925 musical No, No, Nanette with music by Vincent Youmans and lyrics by Irving Caesar.

It is a duet sung by Nanette and Tom (Louise Groody and Jack Barker) in Act II as they imagine their future. It was also sung by Doris Day and Gordon MacRae in the 1950 musical film, Tea for Two.

The version above is taken from a piano roll, hence the “mechanical” feel of the piano.

The song contains abrupt key changes between A-flat major and C-major. The song also consists mostly of dotted eighth and quarter notes. Alec Wilder described these features as being uncharacteristic of a great theatrical song but acknowledged the song’s great success regardless.[1]
The story may be apocryphal, but Irving Caesar indicated on Steve Allen’s radio show that the lyrics were intended to be temporary.

The text above is kindly taken from Wikipedia.


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