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By Howard Pollack

This accomplished biography of George Gershwin (1898-1937) unravels the myths surrounding one among America's so much celebrated composers and establishes the iconic price of his track. Gershwin created essentially the most loved song of the 20 th century and, besides Jerome Kern, Irving Berlin, and Cole Porter, helped make the golden age of Broadway golden. Howard Pollack attracts from a wealth of sketches, manuscripts, letters, interviews, books, articles, recordings, motion pictures, and different materials—including a wide cache of Gershwin ratings came upon in a Warner Brothers warehouse in 1982—to create an expansive chronicle of Gershwin’s meteoric upward thrust to reputation. He additionally strains Gershwin’s robust presence that, even this present day, extends from Broadway, jazz golf equipment, and movie ratings to symphony halls and opera houses.

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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