Composer Jerry Bock (seated) and lyricist Sheldon Harnick look over a musical score at a piano, New York, New York, 1960. (Photo by Walter Albertin/New York World-Telegram & Sun/PhotoQuest/Getty Images)
When developing “Fiddler on the Roof,” lyricist Sheldon Harnick and composer Jerry Bock worked separately, with Bock sending Harnick recorded melodies, or as he called them, “melodic guesses” as to what was called for in the scene. In one such tape recording, as revealed in the new documentary “Fiddler: A Miracle of Miracles,” Bock introduces a plunky piano melody with an optimistic laugh.  “It’s fun, and it’s a little musical comedy, but it might be a kind of tour de force without being cheap,” he says on the tape.  And with the musical groundwork laid, Harnick began writing the lyrics…

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