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George Gershwin: His Life and Work

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This comprehensive biography of George Gershwin (1898-1937) unravels the myths surrounding one of America's most celebrated composers and establishes the enduring value of his music. Gershwin created some of the most beloved music of the twentieth century and, along with Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, helped make the golden age of Broadway golden. Howard Pollack draws from a wealth of sketches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, books, articles, recordings, films, and other materials—including a large cache of Gershwin scores discovered in a Warner Brothers warehouse in 1982—to create an expansive chronicle of Gershwins meteoric rise to fame. He also traces Gershwins powerful presence that, even today, extends from Broadway, jazz clubs, and film scores to symphony halls and opera houses.

Pollacks lively narrative describes Gershwins family, childhood, and education; his early career as a pianist; his friendships and romantic life; his relation to various musical trends; his writings on music; his working methods; and his tragic death at the age of 38. Unlike Kern, Berlin, and Porter, who mostly worked within the confines of Broadway and Hollywood, Gershwin actively sought to cross the boundaries between high and low, and wrote works that crossed over into a realm where art music, jazz, and Broadway met and merged. The author surveys Gershwins entire oeuvre, from his first surviving compositions to the melodies that his brother and principal collaborator, Ira Gershwin, lyricized after his death. Pollack concludes with an exploration of the performances and critical reception of Gershwin's music over the years, from his time to ours.

Synopsis:

"Filled with new and revelatory information, Howard Pollack's fascinating and meticulous book is the closest anyone has come to capturing the essence of Gershwin's life and work"—Michael Feinstein, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter

"The scholarship and breadth of coverage are remarkable. This outstanding work should become the first port of call for any future study of Gershwin's life and works."—Andrew Lamb, author of 150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre and Leslie Stuart, Composer of Florodora

"Brilliantly researched. Howard Pollack has written the most comprehensive survey of Gershwin's music."—Robert Kimball, editor, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

About the Author

Howard Pollack is John and Rebecca Moores Professor of Music at the University of Houston. Among his books are Aaron Copland: The Life and Work of an Uncommon Man and John Alden Carpenter: A Chicago Composer.

Table of Contents

Contents

Preface

PART I. LIFE

1. Gershwin and His Family

2. Gershwins Musical Education to the Rhapsody in Blue (1924)

3. Gershwin and the New Popular Music

4. The Popular Pianist

5. Toward a Career in the Theater

6. Gershwin among His Friends

7. Later Studies

8. Gershwin and the Great Tradition

9. Gershwin and Popular Music and Jazz after 1920

10. Working Methods

11. Gershwin the Man

PART II. WORK

12. From “Ragging the Traumerei” (ca. 1913) to The Capitol Revue (1919)

13. From Morris Gests Midnight Whirl (1919) to The Perfect Fool (1921)

14. From The French Doll to Our Nell (1922)

15. From The Sunshine Trail to Sweet Little Devil (1923)

16. The Rhapsody in Blue (1924)

17. The Scandals of 1924, Primrose, and Lady, Be Good! (1924)

18. Short Story, Tell Me More, and the Concerto in F (1925)

19. Tip-Toes and Song of the Flame (1925)

20. Oh, Kay! and Other Works (1926)

21. Strike Up the Band and Funny Face (1927)

22. Rosalie and Treasure Girl (1928)

23. An American in Paris (1928) and East Is West (1929)

24. Show Girl and The Dybbuk (1929)

25. Girl Crazy (1930)

26. Delicious and the Second Rhapsody (1931)

27. Of Thee I Sing (1931)

28. George Gershwins Song-Book (1932)

29. The Cuban Overture (1932) and Pardon My English (1933)

30. Let Em Eat Cake (1933) and Variations on “I Got Rhythm” (1934)

31. Porgy and Bess (1935)

32. The First Production of Porgy and Bess

33. Porgy and Bess in Revival

34. Porgy and Bess on Disc, Film, and the Concert Stage

35. From Swing Is King (1936) to A Damsel in Distress (1937)

36. From The Goldwyn Follies (1938) to Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Conclusion

Notes

Selected Bibliography

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780520248649
Author:
Pollack, Howard
Publisher:
University of California Press
Subject:
General
Subject:
United states
Subject:
Composers & Musicians - Classical Composers
Subject:
Composers
Subject:
Gershwin, George
Subject:
Composers -- United States.
Subject:
General Music
Subject:
Biography-Composers and Musicians
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20061231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
51 b/w photographs
Pages:
901
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 2.25 in 3.03 lb

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"Filled with new and revelatory information, Howard Pollack's fascinating and meticulous book is the closest anyone has come to capturing the essence of Gershwin's life and work"—Michael Feinstein, Grammy Nominated Singer-Songwriter

"The scholarship and breadth of coverage are remarkable. This outstanding work should become the first port of call for any future study of Gershwin's life and works."—Andrew Lamb, author of 150 Years of Popular Musical Theatre and Leslie Stuart, Composer of Florodora

"Brilliantly researched. Howard Pollack has written the most comprehensive survey of Gershwin's music."—Robert Kimball, editor, The Complete Lyrics of Ira Gershwin

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