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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: “Making Music” (1930)

George Gershwin: “Making Music” (1930)

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(p.133) 38 George Gershwin: “Making Music” (1930)
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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/9780195327113.003.0038

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's essay about making music, which was published in the May 1930 issue of New York World Sunday Review. In this essay, Gershwin discusses the larger issues of inspiration and compositional productivity. Gershwin clarifies that there was no single formula to composing music and explains that it requires so much more than just thirty-two bars. He also admits that there are times when a phrase of music cost him many hours of internal sweating.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, music composition, inspiration, compositional productivity, essays

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