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The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson (eds)

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs and of more serious music. This book offers a collection of writings by ... More


Gershwin the Man

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0011
Subject:
Music, History, American

Gershwin liked the accoutrements of wealth, but did not care as much about money as his brother Ira, in whose hands he often left business matters. Considering the sedentary life of a composer, ... More


George Gershwin: Born: September 26, 1898, Brooklyn, New York Born: September 26, 1898, Brooklyn, New York Died: July 11, 1937, Beverly Hills, California

Steven Suskin

in Show Tunes: The Songs, Shows, and Careers of Broadway’s Major Composers

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195314076
eISBN:
9780199852734
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195314076.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter examines the work of George Gershwin. Gershwin grew up in Manhattan, where his Russian immigrant father ran through a succession of unsuccessful businesses. Gershwin displayed a sudden ... More


Gershwin and His Family

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0001
Subject:
Music, History, American

George Gershwin's parents were Moishe (Morris) Gershovitz and Rosa Bruskin. They changed the family name to Gershvin (later spelled Gershwin) well before their children rose to fame. Neither Morris ... More


Gershwin among His Friends

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

Gershwin befriended an extended family, some of whom occupied a large house around the corner at 112th and Seventh Avenue. This family included brothers Herman and Lou Paley; their niece Mabel ... More


Porgy and Bess: Broadway Opera

Geoffrey Block

in Enchanted Evenings: The Broadway Musical from Show Boat to Sondheim

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195167306
eISBN:
9780199849840
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195167306.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

Porgy and Bess, described by its composer George Gershwin (1898–1937) as “a serious attempt to put in operatic form a purely American theme” and “a new form, which combines ... More


George Gershwin's Song-Book (1932)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0028
Subject:
Music, History, American

In 1932, Random House published George Gershwin's Song-Book, which was dedicated to Kay Swift. It contained eighteen songs: “Swanee,” “Nobody but You,” “Stairway to Paradise,” “Do It Again,” ... More


Crossing Over with George Gershwin, Paul Whiteman, and the Modernists

Carol J. Oja

in Making Music Modern: New York in the 1920s

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
January 2010
ISBN:
9780195058499
eISBN:
9780199865031
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195058499.003.0021
Subject:
Music, History, American

On February 12, 1924, Rhapsody in Blue, composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937), premiered at Aeolian Hall in New York City. Soon a group of other composers joined him in a brief but intense movement ... More


Frances Gershwin Godowsky: “George Gershwin Was My Brother ” (1962)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents Frances Gershwin Godowski's opinion about her brother George Gershwin. It states that Gershwin had a reputation as a ladies' man, however, he was always somewhat guarded about ... More


Working Methods

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0010
Subject:
Music, History, American

According to Ira, George Gershwin was a composer of enormous facility, bursting with ideas. At the same time, Gershwin worked enormously hard, pointing out that a composer needed to be self-critical ... More


“Gershwin Bros.” (1925)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter discusses the success of George and Ira Gershwins during the 1920s. George composed the tunes while Ira wrote the lyrics. George's success was attributed to the commercial success of ... More


George Gershwin: Letter to Rose Gershwin (1937)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0069
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to his mother Rose Gershwin dated June 10, 1937. In this letter, Gershwin tells his mother that he is not feeling well but was hopeful that ... More


Gershwin Obsession

Vicki Ohl

in Fine and Dandy: The Life and Work of Kay Swift

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300102611
eISBN:
9780300130393
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300102611.003.0006
Subject:
Music, History, American

This chapter focuses on the obsession of Kay Swift's family with George Gershwin. It explains that knowing Gershwin and his music was a source of pride for Swift and his daughter Andrea and that her ... More


Nanette Kutner: “Radio Pays a Debt” (1936)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0062
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Nanette Kutner's 1936 account of the role of radio in the production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Kutner reveals that Gershwin's 1934 radio show Music ... More


Later Studies

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0007
Subject:
Music, History, American

Even after the great success of the Rhapsody in Blue, Gershwin continued his musical studies. To this end, he sought an outstanding composer-teacher, although this pursuit largely came to naught. As ... More


From “Ragging the Traumerei” (ca. 1913) to The Capitol Revue (1919)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin: His Life and Work

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
May 2012
ISBN:
9780520248649
eISBN:
9780520933149
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of California Press
DOI:
10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0012
Subject:
Music, History, American

Gershwin wrote his first known composition, a song titled “Ragging the Traumerei,” in 1913. The piece, only the music of which survives, makes an appropriate debut, because the idea of jazzing up ... More


Oscar Levant: “Variations on a Gershwin Theme” (1939)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents American composer and pianist Oscar Levant's comments on the music of George Gershwin. According to Levant, Gershwin began to impinge on his life even before he met or even ... More


George Gershwin: Letter to Ira Gershwin (February 18, 1923)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0010
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to his brother Ira dated February 18, 1923. This letter was written the day after Gershwin's arrival in London, England, to begin work on ... More


George Gershwin: Letter to Rose Gershwin (June or July 1932)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0048
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to his mother Rose Gershwin dated June or July 1932. In this letter, Gershwin informed his mother about his trip to the Augustus and told ... More


George Gershwin: Letters to Zenna Hannenfeldt (1936)

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

in The George Gershwin Reader

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195327113
eISBN:
9780199851249
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0064
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letters to his New York secretary Zenna Hannenfeldt in 1936. The letters presented are primarily concerned with the settling of Gershwin's finances ... More


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