By Howard Pollack
Pollack’s vigorous narrative describes Gershwin’s relations, early life, and schooling; his early profession as a pianist; his friendships and romantic lifestyles; his relation to numerous musical tendencies; his writings on track; his operating equipment; and his tragic demise on the age of 38. not like Kern, Berlin, and Porter, who in general labored in the confines of Broadway and Hollywood, Gershwin actively sought to pass the limits among low and high, and wrote works that crossed over right into a realm the place artwork song, jazz, and Broadway met and merged. the writer surveys Gershwin’s complete oeuvre, from his first surviving compositions to the melodies that his brother and valuable collaborator, Ira Gershwin, lyricized after his demise. Pollack concludes with an exploration of the performances and important reception of Gershwin's song through the years, from his time to ours.
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