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The George Gershwin reader

Author: Robert Wyatt; John Andrew Johnson
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
Series: Readers on American musicians.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs ("Swanee," "I Got Rhythm," "They Can't Take That Away From Me") and of more serious music, including Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess. Now, in The George Gershwin Reader, music lovers are treated to a spectacular celebration of this great American composer. The Reader  Read more...

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Genre/Form: Aufsatzsammlung
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin; George Gershwin
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Wyatt; John Andrew Johnson
ISBN: 0195130197 9780195130195 9780195327113 019532711X
OCLC Number: 52727403
Description: xiv, 354 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm.
Contents: Part I. Portraits of the Artist --
In person, my brother was a good deal like his music / Ira Gershwin --
George Gershwin Was My Brother / Frances Gershwin Godowsky --
Did you ever feel that a composer resembled his music? / Kay Swift --
Variations on a Gershwin Theme / Oscar Levant --
George Gershwin Through the Eyes of a Friend / Verna Arvey --
Gershwin Bros. --
Childhood of a Composer / Isaac Goldberg --
Part II. The Growing Limelight (1919-1924) --
Letter to Max Abramson / George Gershwin --
Pianist, Playing Role of Columbus, Makes Another American Discovery : Beryl Rubinstein Says This Country Possesses Genius Composer / Dolly Dalrymple --
Letter to Ira Gershwin / George Gershwin --
Whiteman Judges Named : Committee We Decide 'What Is American Music' --
An Experiment / Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride --
A Concert of Jazz / Olin Downes --
Letter to George Gershwin / Carl Van Vechten --
The Gershwins in Britain / James Ross Moore --
Which Came First? / Ira Gershwin --
Part III. Fame and Fortune (1924-1930) --
Lady, Be Good! / Philip Furia --
Letter to Lou and Emily Paley / Ira Gershwin --
That Certain Feeling / Alec Wilder --
George Gershwin, An American Composer Who Is Writing Notable Music in the Jazz Idiom / Carl Van Vechten --
New York symphony at Carnegie Hall / Samuel Chotzinoff --
Mr. George Gershwin Plays His New Jazz Concerto / Lawrence Gilman --
Paul Whiteman Gives 'Vivid' Grand Opera; Jazz Rhythms of Gershwin's '135th street' --
Our New National Anthem / George Gershwin --
Jazz Is the Voice of the American Soul / George Gershwin --
Does Jazz Belong to Art? / George Gershwin --
Mr. Gershwin Replies to Mr. Kramer / George Gershwin --
The Ewe Lamb of Widow Jazz / Abbe Niles --
d'Alvarez-Gershwin Recital / Carleton Sprague Smith --
Someone to Watch Over Me / Allen Forte --
George Gershwin Accepts 100,000 Movietone Offer : Fox to Pay That Sum for Film Version of Musical Comedy-Composer Gets Bid of 50,000 for Rhapsody in Blue Rights --
Letter to Mabel Schirmer / George Gershwin --
An American in Paris : Narrative Guide / Deems Taylor --
Gershwin's New Score Acclaimed / Olin Downes --
Fifty Years of American Music ... Younger Composers, Freed from European Influences, Labor Toward Achieving a Distinctive American Musical Idiom / George Gershwin --
The Composer in the Machine Age / George Gershwin --
Jazz, the Critics, and American Art Music in the 1920's / Mary Herron Dupree --
Part IV. Maturity (1930-1935) --
Making Music / George Gershwin --
Satire to Music / Robert Benchley --
George Gershwin / John Harkins --
Of Thee I sing, Kaufman-Ryskind Musical Comedy satire at the Music Box / Arthur Ruhl --
A Music Master Talks of His Trials --
From William Grant still : A Study in Contradictions / Catherine Parsons Smith --
George Gershwin's 'I Got Rhythm' / Richard Crawford --
The Gershwin Myth / Allan Lincoln Langley --
George Gershwin as Orchestrator / William Daly --
George Gershwin Plays His Second Rhapsody for the First Time Here with Koussevitsky and Boston Orchestra / Olin Downes --
Letter to Rose Gershwin / George Gershwin --
George the Ingenuous / Alexander Woollcott --
Letter to Emily Palet / George Gershwin --
Letter to Ira Gershwin / George Gershwin --
The Future of Gershwin / Frederick Jacobi --
Part V. Porgy and Bess --
From America's Folk Opera / Joseph Swain --
Selected Correspondence / George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward --
George Gershwin Arrives to Plan Opera on Porgy --
Porgy and Bess, Native Opera, Opens at the Alvin : Gershwin's Work Based on DuBose Heyward's Play / Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes --
Rhapsody in Catfish Row : Mr. Gershwin Tells the Origin and Scheme for His Music in That New Folk Opera Called 'Porgy and Bess / George Gershwin --
From an Interview by Robert Wyatt / Todd Duncan --
From an interview by Robert Wyatt / Anne Brown --
Part VI. Last Years : Hollywood (1936-1937) --
Hollywood-An Ending / Edith Carson --
Gershwin Analyzes Science of Rhythm / Isabel Morse Jones --
Radio Pays a Debt / Nanette Kutner --
A Foggy Day / Alec Wilder --
Letters to Zenna Hannenfeldt / George Gershwin --
Letters to Mabel Schirmer / George Gershwin --
Letter to Emily Paley / George Gershwin --
Letter to Henry Botkin / George Gershwin --
Letter to Rose Gershwin / George Gershwin --
Letter to Rose Gershwin / George Gershwin --
Letter to Irene Gallagher / George A. Pallay --
Part VII. Obituaries and Eulogies --
Report in Variety --
George Gershwin / Arnold Schoenberg --
Hail and Farewell : Career and Position of George Gershwin in American Music / Olin Downes --
Poem / Irving Berlin --
Tribute / Jerome Kern --
Gershwin Left 341,089 Estate to His Mother; 'Rhapsody in Blue' Appraised at 'Greatest Value' and Opera Rights of 'Nominal Interest' to the Residue --
Letter to Rose Gershwin / Ira Gershwin --
Part VIII. As Time Passes --
Music by Slide Rule --
Gershwin on Gershwin / Ira Gershwin --
Gershwin, Schillinger, and Dukelsky : Some Reminiscences / Vernon Duke --
Why Don't You Run Upstairs and Write a Nice Gershwin Tune? / Leonard Bernstein --
George Gershwin / Duke Ellington --
George Gershwin : yes, the sounds as well as the tunes are his / Wayne Shirley.
Series Title: Readers on American musicians.
Responsibility: edited by Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson.
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