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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Carl Van Vechten: “George Gershwin, an Amencan Composer Who is Writing Notable Music in the Jazz Idiom” (1925)

Carl Van Vechten: “George Gershwin, an Amencan Composer Who is Writing Notable Music in the Jazz Idiom” (1925)

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20 Carl Van Vechten: “George Gershwin, an Amencan Composer Who is Writing Notable Music in the Jazz Idiom” (1925)
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The George Gershwin Reader
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Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.003.0020

This chapter presents the text of music critic Carl Van Vechten's article which was published in the March 25, 1925, issue of Vanity Fair about the jazz composition of George Gershwin. In this article, Van Vechten provides background on Gershwin's musical career and his efforts to improve his craft. It was published when the frenzy following the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue had finally settled and it struck the right tone by balancing serious and popular concerns about American jazz music.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Carl Van Vechten, jazz composition, American music, Rhapsody in Blue

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