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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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John Harkins: “George Gershwin” (1932)

John Harkins: “George Gershwin” (1932)

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40 John Harkins: “George Gershwin” (1932)
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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/9780195327113.003.0040

This chapter presents the text of John Harkins' article about George Gershwin, which was published in the August 1932 issue of Life magazine. In the article, Harkins describes Gershwin's notion that most great composers have suffered from indigestion and accompanying nervous strain as a consequence of creative work. He also describes Gershwin's methods of composition and the relaxed and jovial personality of Gershwin during his interview.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, John Harkins, musical composition, composers, creative work

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