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Ira Gershwin : The Art of the Lyricist.

Author: Philip Furia
Publisher: New York : Oxford University Press, Incorporated July 1997.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : ReprintView all editions and formats
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To the perennial question "which comes first, the music or the words?" Ira Gershwin always responded, "the contract." The jest reveals both Ira's consummate professionalism and the self-effacing wit with which he ducked the spotlight whenever possible. Yet the ingeniously inventive melodiesGeorge Gershwin composed for such classic songs as "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Embraceable You," "Fascinating Rhythm," "It  Read more...
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Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Philip Furia
ISBN: 9780195115703 0195115708
OCLC Number: 870344283
Target Audience: Trade
Description: 1 online resource (304 pages) : illustrations

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This biography explores the life and work of the older, less flamboyant Gershwin brother, Ira. The author traces the development of his lyrical art and his emergence as a prominent writer during the  Read more...

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a fascinating and entertaining tribute to a witty, sophisticated lyricist. An extinct breed, alas. * Charles Osborne, Daily Telegraph * What does come across in Furia's book is the flavour of the Read more...

 
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