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<i>Girl Crazy</i> (1930)

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520248649.003.0025
Girl Crazy (1930)

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The Gershwins spent the summer and early fall of 1930 working on another musical for Aarons and Freedley, Girl Crazy, to a book cowritten by Guy Bolton and John McGowan. A “girl-crazy” playboy, Danny, has been sent west by his father, who hopes that two years on the family's remote Buzzards Ranch in Custerville will reform him. Whatever its strengths and shortcomings, the book inspired one of Gershwin's most memorable scores. The setting surely played an important part in this regard, considering that the music drew on a variety of western idioms. The score located some common ground between urban jazz and western honky-tonk in such numbers as “Barbary Coast,” “Sam and Delilah,” “Boy! What Love Has Done to Me!,” and “I Got Rhythm,” whose swinging rhythms intimated a larger change in the jazz world related to western influence.

Keywords: Vinton Freedley; George Gershwin; John McGowan; Alex Aarons; Custerville; urban jazz; I Got Rhythm

Chapter.  6869 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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