George Gershwin

Overview

In this welcome addition to the immensely popular Yale Broadway Masters series, Larry Starr focuses fresh attention on George Gershwin’s Broadway contributions and examines their centrality to the composer’s entire career. Starr presents Gershwin as a composer with a unified musical vision—a vision developed on Broadway and used as a source of strength in his well-known concert music. In turn, Gershwin’s concert-hall experience enriched and strengthened his musicals, leading eventually to his great “Broadway ...

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Overview

In this welcome addition to the immensely popular Yale Broadway Masters series, Larry Starr focuses fresh attention on George Gershwin’s Broadway contributions and examines their centrality to the composer’s entire career. Starr presents Gershwin as a composer with a unified musical vision—a vision developed on Broadway and used as a source of strength in his well-known concert music. In turn, Gershwin’s concert-hall experience enriched and strengthened his musicals, leading eventually to his great “Broadway opera,” Porgy and Bess. Through the prism of three major shows—Lady Be Good (1924), Of Thee I Sing (1931), and Porgy and Bess (1935)—Starr highlights Gershwin’s distinctive contributions to the evolution of the Broadway musical. In addition, the author considers Gershwin’s musical language, his compositions for the concert hall, and his movie scores for Hollywood in the light of his Broadway experience.

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Editorial Reviews

Gramophone - Peter Dickinson
“….a sad story but a very illuminating one, and the book is an enthralling read.”—Peter Dickinson, Gramophone
The Washington Post - Tim Page
“Larry Starr's valuable new book…is not a traditional biography…but rather an insightful, technically intricate yet easy-to-follow study of Gershwin's music, particularly as it came out of the Broadway tradition.”—Tim Page, The Washington Post
Richard Crawford
“If George Gershwin provided much that the world's listeners have savored as America's musical daily bread, Larry Starr's spirited book goes a long way toward showing how he did it.” —Richard Crawford, author of America's Musical Life: A History
The Wall Street Journal
An admirable effort to understand the key shows in Gershwin's career and how the productions shaped him as a composer.—Eric Felten, The Wall Street Journal

— Eric Felten

Seattle Times
“[A] probing, original study.”—Seattle Times
Choice

Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Music category.

— Choice Outstanding Academic Title

The Wall Street Journal - Eric Felten
"An admirable effort to understand the key shows in Gershwin's career and how the productions shaped him as a composer."—Eric Felten, The Wall Street Journal
Choice - Choice Outstanding Academic Title
Selected as a Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2011 in the Music category.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300192384
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2013
  • Series: Yale Broadway Masters Series
  • Pages: 216
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry Starr is a Professor of music history, University of Washington. He lives in Seattle.

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