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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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Allan Lincoln Langley “The Gershwin Myth” (1932)

Allan Lincoln Langley “The Gershwin Myth” (1932)

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45 Allan Lincoln Langley “The Gershwin Myth” (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/9780195327113.003.0045

This chapter presents the text of Allan Lincoln Langley's article titled The Gershwin, which was published in the December 1932 issue of American Spectator. Langley uses the pejorative term myth to denote that George Gershwin's success was a by-product of some sort of deception intended to conceal his real abilities. He suggests that the discovery of Gershwin as a composer was the result of the New York Symphony Orchestra's (NYSO) struggle for prestige with the Philharmonic Orchestra.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Allan Lincoln Langley, New York Symphony Orchestra, composer, music criticism

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