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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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Olin Downes: “Gershwin’s New Score Acclaimed” (1928)

Olin Downes: “Gershwin’s New Score Acclaimed” (1928)

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(p.112) 34 Olin Downes: “Gershwin’s New Score Acclaimed” (1928)
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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/9780195327113.003.0034

This chapter presents the text of music critic Olin Downes' review of George Gershwin's rendition of his own composition An American in Paris in a concert with the Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra in New York, which was published in the December 1928 issue of New York Times. Downes noted that Gershwin's performance was the highlight of the show. He also suggested that though the composition contained many typical Gershwin melodies, it stirred players of the orchestra to effects of a kind they had seldom before experienced.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, An American in Paris, concert review, Olin Downes, Philharmonic-Symphony Orchestra

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