'Fiddler On The Roof' Composer Jerry Bock Dies : The Record The composer best-known for the sad, catchy music for 'Fiddler on the Roof' has died.
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Jerry Bock, Composer of 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Fiorello!,' Has Died

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Jerry Bock, Composer of 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Fiorello!,' Has Died

Jerry Bock, Composer of 'Fiddler on the Roof' and 'Fiorello!,' Has Died

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(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF")

MICHELE NORRIS, Host:

NPR's Elizabeth Blair has this remembrance.

ELIZABETH BLAIR: Nine Tony Awards, three Oscars, "Fiddler on the Roof" has been performed in dozens of languages, thousands of times since it was written by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick in 1964.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "IF I WERE A RICH MAN")

NORRIS: (As character) (Singing) If I were a rich man, (unintelligible). All day long I'd (unintelligible) if I were a wealthy man.

BLAIR: Unidentified People (Actors): (As characters) (Singing) (Unintelligible).

(SOUNDBITE OF MUSIC)

BLAIR: "Fiorello" won a Pulitzer in 1960. For the often melancholy music for "Fiddler on the Roof," Jerry Bock drew from Klezmer and Jewish prayer music. He told NPR in 2000 that he was deeply moved by "Fiddler's" astounding popularity.

JERRY BOCK: Unidentified People (Actors): (As characters) (Singing) Tradition, tradition, tradition.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "TRADITION")

BLAIR: Elizabeth Blair, NPR News.

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