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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: “Rhapsody in Catfish Row: Mr. Gershwin Tells the Ongin and Scheme for His Music in that New Folk Opera Called ‘Porgy and Bess’” (1935)

George Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Catfish Row: Mr. Gershwin Tells the Ongin and Scheme for His Music in that New Folk Opera Called ‘Porgy and Bess’” (1935)

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57 George Gershwin: “Rhapsody in Catfish Row: Mr. Gershwin Tells the Ongin and Scheme for His Music in that New Folk Opera Called ‘Porgy and Bess’” (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/9780195327113.003.0057

This chapter presents the text of George Gershwin's explanation about the origin and scheme for his music in the folk opera Porgy and Bess, which was published in the October 20, 1935, issue of the New York Times. Gershwin explained that he called it the work a folk opera because the story is a folk tale. He adds that Porgy and Bess brought the Negro life in America to the operatic form elements that have never before appeared in opera and he explains how he adapted his method to utilize the drama, the humor, and religious fervor of the race.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, folk opera, Negro life, opera

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