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The George Gershwin Reader

Edited by Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Published in print May 2007 | ISBN: 9780195327113
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199851249 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

Series: Readers on American Musicians

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 and of more serious music. This book offers a collection of writings by Gershwin, as well as those about Gershwin, written by a who's who of commentators. More than eighty chapters include the critical debate over Gershwin's concert pieces, especially “Rhapsody in Blue” and “An American in Paris”. There is a complete section devoted to the controversies over “Porgy and Bess”, including correspondence between Gershwin and DuBose Hayward, the opera's librettist, 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 insight into the man. Along with a detailed chronology of the composer's life, the book includes informative introductions to each entry.

Keywords: George Gershwin; American music; popular songs; concert pieces; Rhapsody in Blue; American in Paris; Porgy and Bess; DuBose Hayward; opera; librettist

Book.  368 pages. 

Subjects: Popular Music

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