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The Last Will of Williston Fish

A Score by Irving Berlin

Irving Berlin. “When I Leave the World Behind.” New York: Waterson, Berlin & Snyder, Music Publishers, 1915.

Irving Berlin Score, 1915 Irving Berlin (1888 – 1989) was one of the most prolific American songwriters in history. Berlin wrote both lyrics and music for his songs, although he never learned to read music beyond a rudimentary level. Often with the help of various uncredited musical assistants or collaborators, he eventually composed over 3,000 songs. Among his songs that remain well known are "God Bless America" and "White Christmas.” He also composed seventeen film scores and twenty-one Broadway scores.

This successful Irving Berlin composition was inspired by the Last Will. The man on the cover of the sheet music, Al Jolson, was a prominent American singer for many years. Jolson was never short of ego and billed himself as “The World’s Greatest Entertainer.” His voice was probably the most imitated and parodied in the world for a number of years.

Gift of the Mildred A. O’Donohoe estate.