The George Gershwin Reader

The George Gershwin Reader

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George Gershwin is one of the giants of American music, unique in that he was both a brilliant writer of popular songs (qSwanee, q qI Got Rhythm, q qThey Can't Take That Away From Meq) and of more serious music, including qRhapsody in Blue, q qAn American in Paris, q and qPorgy and Bess.q Now, in The George Gershwin Reader, music lovers are treated to a spectacular celebration of this great American composer. The Reader offers a kaleidoscopic collection of writings by and about Gershwin, including more than eighty pieces of superb variety, color, and depth. There is a who's who of famous commentators: bandleader Paul Whiteman; critics Robert Benchley, Alexander Woollcott, and Brooks Atkinson; fellow musicians Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Alec Wilder (who analyzes the songs qThat Certain Feelingq and qA Foggy Dayq), Leonard Bernstein, and the formidable modernist composer Arnold Schoenberg (who was Gershwin's tennis partner in Hollywood). Some of the most fascinating and important writings here deal with the critical debate over Gershwin's concert pieces, especially qRhapsody in Blueq and qAn American in Paris, q and there is a complete section devoted to the controversies over qPorgy and Bess, q including correspondence between Gershwin and DuBose Hayward, the opera's librettist (a series of excerpts which illuminate the creative process), plus unique interviews with the original Porgy and Bess--Todd Duncan and Anne Brown. Sprinkled throughout the book are excerpts from Gershwin's own letters, which offer unique insight into this fascinating and charming man. Along with a detailed chronology of the composer's life, the editors provide informative introductions to each entry. Here then is a book for anyone interested in American music. Scholars, performers, and Gershwin's legions of fans will find it an irresistible feast.44 Richard Crawford aquot;George Gershwina#39;s a#39;I Got Rhythma#39; (1930)aquot; (1993) Another analysis of aquot;I Got Rhythm, aquot; this abbreviated article speaks of the genesis of the work, its initial treatment, and its use as a master subject for scores ofiazzanbsp;...

Title:The George Gershwin Reader
Author:Robert Wyatt, John Andrew Johnson Assistant Professor of Music Syracuse University
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2004-02-12


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