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Necessarily So: 1933–1935

Philip Fuma

in Ira Gershwin

Published in print October 1997 | ISBN: 9780195115703
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199853144 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.003.0006
Necessarily So: 1933–1935

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In 1926, during one of his frequent insomniac nights, George Gershwin picked up DuBose Heyward's best-selling novel Porgy, hoping it would help him fall asleep. Instead, he was inspired by the possibilities for operatic passion and violence in the tale of the crippled Porgy, who challenges Crown for the love of Bess. Ira Gershwin's skill in setting “singable” words to music was the catalyst that fused the poetry of DuBose Heyward with the music of George Gershwin into what is rightly called “the first authentic American opera.”

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin; Porgy; American opera

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Subjects: Popular Music

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