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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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Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes: “Porgy and Bess, Native Opera, Opens at the Alvin; Gershwin’s Work Based on DuBose Heyward’s Play” (1935)

Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes: “Porgy and Bess, Native Opera, Opens at the Alvin; Gershwin’s Work Based on DuBose Heyward’s Play” (1935)

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56 Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes: “Porgy and Bess, Native Opera, Opens at the Alvin; Gershwin’s Work Based on DuBose Heyward’s Play” (1935)
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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/9780195327113.003.0056

This chapter presents the text of Brooks Atkinson and Olin Downes' review of the premiere of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess in New York, which was published in the October 11, 1935, issue of the New York Times. Both critics wrote positive review of the show. This chapter suggestd that the side-by-side publication of these two reviews is indicative of the importance of the Porgy and Bess premiere on the American music scene of this time.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Brooks Atkinson, Olin Downes, opera review, American music

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