- Memory (song)
"Memory" is a
show tunefrom the 1981 Andrew Lloyd Webbermusical "Cats" sung by the character Grizabella, a one-time glamour cat who is now a shell of her former self. The song is a nostalgic remembrance of her glorious past and a declaration of her wishes to start a new life. Sung briefly in the first act and in full near the end of the show, "Memory" is the climax of the musical, and by far its most popular and well-known song.
The lyrics, written by
Trevor Nunn, were based on T. S. Eliot's poems "Preludes" and "Rhapsody on a Windy Night".
Notable artists who have made the song popular include
Elaine Paige(the original Grizabella), Barbra Streisand, Betty Buckley(first to play Grizabella on Broadway), Barry Manilow, Simone Simonsand Petula Clark.
The song's climax is in the key of
D-flat major, the composer's favorite.
The song is often incorrectly referred to as "Memories"; the correct title is the singular "Memory".
American Idol" contestant Jason Castrosang this song on the show's seventh season.
A rendition of the song can be found in the 2003 comedy film "
School Of Rock" .
* [http://www.poetry-archive.com/e/rhapsody_on_a_windy_night.html Rhapsody on a Windy Night] and
* [http://www.cs.rice.edu/~ssiyer/minstrels/poems/107.html Preludes] the T. S. Eliot poems that inspired the lyrics to Memory
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