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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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Isaac Goldberg: “Childhood of a Composer” (1931)

Isaac Goldberg: “Childhood of a Composer” (1931)

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7 Isaac Goldberg: “Childhood of a Composer” (1931)
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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/9780195327113.003.0007

This chapter presents an excerpt of American critic and author's Isaac Goldberg's biography of George Gershwin titled George Gershwin: A Study in American Music. In this biography, partially based on the letters he exchanged with Gershwin during the writing of his book, Goldberg described the childhood of the great composer. He asserted that the smiling irony of Gershwin's career begins with his birth and that his genius was solely his own because there is not a trace of musical talent in his family tree.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Isaac Goldberg, American music, biography, composer

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