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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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Ira Gershwin: “Gershwin on Gershwin” (1944)

Ira Gershwin: “Gershwin on Gershwin” (1944)

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(p.289) 79 Ira Gershwin: “Gershwin on Gershwin” (1944)
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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/9780195327113.003.0079

This chapter presents the text of Ira Gershwin's reply to criticism on his brother George's fitness as a composer and his use of the Schillinger method of composition, which was published in 1944. Ira aimed to set to rest the claims that George was somehow lacking in inspiration following his early success. He explains that George's studies with Joseph Schillinger were not an attempt to restart a compositional energy that had run dry.

Keywords:   Ira Gershwin, George Gershwin, musical composition, Schillinger method, Joseph Schillinger

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