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Ira 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/9780195327113.003.0077
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Ira Gershwin's letter to his mother Rose Gershwin dated July 31, 1931. This letter was written from the perspective of the survivor who had to face the world he had ... More


Ira Gershwin: “In person, my brother was a good deal like his music ” (1961)

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/9780195327113.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents Ira Gershwin's opinion about his brother, composer George Gershwin. It explains that George was a good deal like his music: vibrant, dynamic, and honest. Though he devoted most ... More


“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” (1928)

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/9780195327113.003.0031
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of the report about George and Ira Gershwin's signing of a contract worth $100,000 to write a musical comedy for Fox Movietone Co.'s motion pictures Delicious and Blah, ... 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: Letter to Ira Gershwin (193s)

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/9780195327113.003.0051
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to his brother Ira Gershwin written in 1937. In this letter, Gershwin informs his brother about his condition in South Carolina and the ... 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/9780195327113.003.0068
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter the text of George Gershwin's letter to his mother Rose Gershwin dated May 19, 1937. In this letter, Gershwin tells his mother about his excitement in finishing the musical score for ... 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


Ira Gershwin: “Gershwin on Gershwin” (1944)

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/9780195327113.003.0079
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Ira Gershwin's reply to criticism on his brother George's fitness as a composer and his use of the Schillinger method of composition, which was published in 1944. ... More


Dvorák to Duke Ellington: A Conductor Rediscovers America's Music and Its African-American Roots

Maurice Peress

Published in print:
2004
Published Online:
May 2008
ISBN:
9780195098228
eISBN:
9780199869817
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195098228.001.0001
Subject:
Music, History, Western

Drawing upon a mix of research and the personal experience of a career devoted to the music about which Dvorák so presciently spoke, this book's narrative goes behind the scenes of the burgeoning ... 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


“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 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


Alec Wilder: “That Certain Feeling” (1972)

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/9780195327113.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from Alec Wilder's 1972 book titled American Popular Song: The Great Innovators. This book is about the successful opening the musical Tip-Toes in December 1925, ... More


Robert Benchley: “Satire to Music” (1930)

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/9780195327113.003.0039
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Robert Benchley's review of George Gershwin's Broadway musical Strike Up the Band, which was published in the January 25, 1930, issue of The New Yorker. Benchley ... More


Arthur Ruhl: “Of Thee I Sing; Kaufman-Ryskind Musical Comedy Satire at the Music Box” (1931)

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/9780195327113.003.0041
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of Arthur Ruhl's review of George Gershwin's Broadway musical comedy satire Of Thee I Sing, which was published in the December 28, 1931 issue of New York Herald ... 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


Alec Wilder: “A Foggy Day” (1972)

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/9780195327113.003.0063
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents an excerpt from Alec Wilder's 1972 book American Popular Song: The Great Innovators focusing on his review of the movie musical A Damsel in Distress. Wilder suggests that the ... More


Voices in the Wilderness

Richard Barrios

in A Song in the Dark: The Birth of the Musical Film

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
February 2010
ISBN:
9780195377347
eISBN:
9780199864577
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195377347.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Popular

In the mainly non-musical years of 1931 and 1932, a few filmmakers attempted to disregard the moratorium, sometimes with success. Among them was Ernst Lubitsch and Maurice Chevalier with The Smiling ... More


Kay Swift: “Did you ever feel that a composer resembled his music?” (ca. 1970)

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/9780195327113.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents composer Kay Swift's opinion about George Gershwin. It explains that in addition to their romantic relationship, Swift and Gershwin enjoyed camaraderie as creative artists. ... More


George Gershwin: Letter to Max Abramson (1918)

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/9780195327113.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's letter to New York-based newspaper reporter Max Abramson in 1918. This letter was written to tell Abramson about his first tastes of success. ... More


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