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George Gershwin : his life and work

Author: Howard Pollack
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This comprehensive biography of George Gershwin unravels the myths surrounding one of America's most celebrated composers and establishes the enduring value of his music. Gershwin created some of the most beloved music of the twentieth century and helped make the golden age of Broadway. Biographer Pollack draws from sketches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, books, articles, recordings, films, and other materials  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Named Person: George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin
Material Type: Biography, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Howard Pollack
ISBN: 0520248643 9780520248649
OCLC Number: 70045836
Description: xvii, 884 p., [32] p. of plates : ill., music ; 24 cm.
Contents: pt 1. Life. --
Gershwin and his family --
Gershwin's musical education to the Rhapsody in blue (1924) --
Gershwin and the new popular music --
The popular pianist --
Toward a career in the theater --
Gershwin among his friends --
Later studies --
Gershwin and the great tradition --
Gershwin and popular music and jazz after 1920 --
Working methods --
Gershwin the man --
pt. 2. Work. --
From "Ragging the Traumerei" (ca. 1913) to The Capitol revue (1919) --
From Morris Gest's Midnight whirl (1919) to The perfect fool (1921) --
From The French doll to Our Nell (1922) --
From The sunshine trail to Sweet little devil (1923) --
The Rhapsody in blue (1924) --
The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, be good! (1924) --
Short story, Tell me more, and the Concerto in F (1925) --
Tip-toes and Song of the flame (1925) --
Oh, Kay! and other works (1926) --
Strike up the band and Funny face (1927) --
Rosalie and Treasure girl (1928) --
An American in Paris (1928) and East is West (1929) --
Show girl and The dybbuk (1929) --
Girl crazy (1930). Delicious and the Second rhapsody (1931) --
Of thee I sing (1931) --
George Gershwin's song-book (1932) --
The Cuban overture (1932) and Pardon my English (1933) --
Let 'em eat cake (1933) and Variations on "I got rhythm" (1934) --
Porgy and Bess (1935) --
The first production of Porgy and Bess --
Porgy and Bess in revival --
Porgy and Bess on disc, film, and the concert stage --
From Swing is king (1936) to A damsel in distress (1937) --
From The Goldwyn follies (1938) to Kiss me, stupid (1964) --
Conclusion.
Responsibility: Howard Pollack.
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Gershwin created some of the most beloved music of the twentieth century and, along with Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, helped make the golden age of Broadway golden. This biography of  Read more...

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"Filled with new and revelatory information, Howard Pollack's fascinating and meticulous book is the closest anyone has come to capturing the essence of Gershwin's life and work" - Michael Feinstein, Read more...

 
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