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Ira Gershwin : the art of the lyricist

Author: Philip Furia
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
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In Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist, the older and less flamboyant of the Gershwin brothers at last steps out of the shadows to claim his due as one of American songwriting's most important and enduring innovators. Philip Furia traces the development of Ira Gershwin's lyrical art from his early love of light verse and Gilbert and Sullivan, through his apprentice work in Tin Pan Alley, to his emergence as a
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Genre/Form: Biography
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Furia, Philip, 1943-
Ira Gershwin.
New York : Oxford University Press, 1996
(OCoLC)639420162
Named Person: Ira Gershwin; Ira Gershwin; Ira Gershwin
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Furia
ISBN: 0195082990 9780195082999 0195115708 9780195115703
OCLC Number: 31737625
Description: vii, 278 p. : ill. ; 25 cm.
Responsibility: Philip Furia.
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In Ira Gershwin: The Art of the Lyricist, the older and less flamboyant of the Gershwin brothers at last steps out of the shadows to claim his due as one of American songwriting's most important and enduring innovators. Philip Furia traces the development of Ira Gershwin's lyrical art from his early love of light verse and Gilbert and Sullivan, through his apprentice work in Tin Pan Alley, to his emergence as a prominent writer for the Broadway musical theater in the 1920s. Furia illuminates his work in satirical operettas such as Of Thee I Sing and Strike Up the Band, the smart "little" revues of the 1930s, and his contributions to the opera Porgy and Bess.

After describing the Gershwin brothers' brief but brilliant work in Hollywood before George's sudden death - work that produced such classics as "They Can't Take That Away From Me" and "Let's Call the Whole Thing Off" - Furia follows Ira's career through such triumphs as Lady in the Dark with Kurt Weill, Cover Girl with Jerome Kern, and A Star Is Born, with Harold Arlen. Along the way, Furia provides much insight into the art of the lyricist, and he captures the magic of a golden era when not only the Gershwins, but Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Jerome Kern, Oscar Hammerstein II, Gertrude Lawrence, Fred Astaire, and other luminaries made the lights of Broadway and the Hollywood screen shine brighter than ever before.

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