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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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George Gershwin: “Fifiy Years of American Music…Younger Composers, Freed from European Influences, Labor toward Achieving a Distinctive American Musical Idiom” (1929)

George Gershwin: “Fifiy Years of American Music…Younger Composers, Freed from European Influences, Labor toward Achieving a Distinctive American Musical Idiom” (1929)

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35 George Gershwin: “Fifiy Years of American Music…Younger Composers, Freed from European Influences, Labor toward Achieving a Distinctive American Musical Idiom” (1929)
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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/9780195327113.003.0035

This chapter presents an essay by George Gershwin regarding fifty years of American music, which was published in the November 1929 issue of American Hebrew. In this essay, Gershwin suggests that it is impossible to speak about fifty years of American music because during this period there was no composition by American composers than can be considered distinctively American. This piece demonstrates that Gershwin has transcended the musical celebrity status and became a true cultural icon.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, American music, American composers, cultural icon, music history

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