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The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Abstract

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 Gershwin, as well as those about Gershwin, written by a who's who of commentators. More than eighty chapters include the critical debate over Gershwin's concert pieces, especially “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris”. There is a complete section devoted to the controversies over “Porgy and Bess”, including correspondence between Gershwin and DuBose Hayward, the opera's librettist, plus unique inte ... More

Keywords: George Gershwin, American music, popular songs, concert pieces, Rhapsody in Blue, American in Paris, Porgy and Bess, DuBose Hayward, opera, librettist

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert Wyatt, editor
Cape Cod Conservatory of Music

John Andrew Johnson, editor
Syracuse University

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

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6 “Gershwin Bros.” (1925)

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7 Isaac Goldberg: “Childhood of a Composer” (1931)

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8 George Gershwin: Letter to Max Abramson (1918)

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13 Olin Downes: “A Concert of Jazz” (1924)

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16 Ira Gershwin: “Which Came First?” (1959)

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17 Philip Furia: “Lady, Be Good!” (1996)

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19 Alec Wilder: “That Certain Feeling” (1972)

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24 George Gershwin: “Our New National Anthem” (1925)

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26 George Gershwin: “Does Jazz Belong to Art?” (1926)

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28 Abbe Niles: “The Ewe Lamb of Widow Jazz” (1926)

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30 Allen Forte: “Someone to Watch over Me’” (1990)

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32 George Gershwin: Letter to Mabel Schirmer (1928)

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38 George Gershwin: “Making Music” (1930)

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39 Robert Benchley: “Satire to Music” (1930)

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40 John Harkins: “George Gershwin” (1932)

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42 “A Music Master Talks of His Trials” (1932)

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45 Allan Lincoln Langley “The Gershwin Myth” (1932)

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49 Alexander Woollcott: “George the Ingenuous” (1933)

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50 George Gershwin: Letter to Emily Paley (1934)

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51 George Gershwin: Letter to Ira Gershwin (193s)

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52 Frederick Jacobi: “The Future of Gershwin” (1937)

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53 Joseph Swain: From “America’s Folk Opera” (1990)

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58 Todd Duncan: From an Interview by Robert Wyatt (1990)

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59 Anne Brown: From an Interview by Robert Wyatt (1995)

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60 Edith Garson: “Hollywood—An Ending” (1938)

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

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63 Alec Wilder: “A Foggy Day” (1972)

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64 George Gershwin: Letters to Zenna Hannenfeldt (1936)

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65 George Gershwin: Letters to Mabel Schirmer (1936–1937)

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66 George Gershwin: Letter to Emily Paley (1937)

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67 George Gershwin: Letter to Henry Botkin (1937)

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68 George Gershwin: Letter to Rose Gershwin (1937)

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69 George Gershwin: Letter to Rose Gershwin (1937)

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70 George A. Pallay: Letter to Irene Gallagher (1937)

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71 Report in Variety (1937)

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72 Arnold Schoenberg: “George Gershwin” (1938)

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74 Irving Berlin: “Poem” (1938)

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75 Jerome Kern: “Tribute” (1938)

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77 Ira Gershwin: Letter to Rose Gershwin (1937)

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78 “Music by Slide Rule” (1944)

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79 Ira Gershwin: “Gershwin on Gershwin” (1944)

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82 Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)

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