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George Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Catfish Row: Mr. Gershwin Tells the Ongin and Scheme for His Music in that New Folk Opera Called ‘Porgy and Bess’” (1935)

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/9780195327113.003.0057
Subject:
Music, Popular

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's explanation about the origin and scheme for his music in the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which was published in the October 20, 1935, issue of the ... More


Contextualizing Race and Gender in Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess

Naomi André

in Black Opera: History, Power, Engagement

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
January 2019
ISBN:
9780252041921
eISBN:
9780252050619
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252041921.003.0004
Subject:
Music, Opera

This chapter addresses Gershwin’s Porgy and Bess story as it was told in 1935 awash in minstrel characterizations and then adapted in 2011 on Broadway to rethink how the depth inherent in the ... More


Porgy and Bess (1935)

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/9780520248649.003.0031
Subject:
Music, History, American

Porgy and Bess, which could now be considered as much a “folk” as a “jazz” opera, occupied George Gershwin and Dubose Heyward for about two years, from the fall of 1933 to its Broadway premiere on ... More


The First Production of Porgy and Bess

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/9780520248649.003.0032
Subject:
Music, History, American

Porgy and Bess opened at the Alvin Theatre on October 10, 1935. The house erupted into thunderous applause at various times throughout the evening. By the end, many spectators were moved to tears, ... More


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