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Changing My Tune: 1946–1951

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/9780195115703.003.0011
Changing My Tune: 1946–1951

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At his death, George Gershwin left a legacy of dozens of completed songs, for which words could still be set, and stacks of tunebooks with many more songs sketched in fragmentary form. On top of this “new” material were many songs that had been cut from shows and films, such as “Ain't It Romantic?” which was discarded from Oh, Kay! in 1926 and went into the trunk as “Melody No. 44.” With revised lyrics, Ira knew, such gems might shine in new productions. Still other songs, such as “Love Is Here To Stay” and “They Can't Take That Away from Me,” had been wasted in their original contexts; showcased in better productions these might finally garner the recognition they merited. Such a treasure of musical material, all of it sitting in Ira's home, was a constant temptation to continue his collaboration with George at the same time that he was working with other composers.

Keywords: Ira Gershwin; George Gershwin; songwriters; musical material

Chapter.  6265 words. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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