From “Ragging the Traumerei” (ca. 1913) to <i>The Capitol Revue</i> (1919)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI:
From “Ragging the Traumerei” (ca. 1913) to The Capitol Revue (1919)

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Gershwin wrote his first known composition, a song titled “Ragging the Traumerei,” in 1913. The piece, only the music of which survives, makes an appropriate debut, because the idea of jazzing up classical music casts a long shadow on the composer's career. Impressively driving and vibrant, Rialto Ripples remains Gershwin's earliest work still in the repertoire. In 1916, while working at Remick, Gershwin collaborated with another friend, Murray Roth, on some songs, and wrote another of his best early songs, “Some Wonderful Sort of Someone,” with a Harms staff lyricist, Schuyler Green. The year 1919 proved a turning point in Gershwin's career. He successfully launched his first Broadway musical (La-La-Lucille!) and revue (Morris Gest's Midnight Whirl), and supplied another three shows (Good Morning, Judge, The Lady in Red, and the Capitol Revue).

Keywords: classical music; jazz; George Gershwin; Rialto Ripples; Murray Roth; Schuyler Green; La-La-Lucille!; Lady in Red

Chapter.  9963 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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