George Gershwin: A New Biographyby William G. Hyland
This book reexamines how Gershwin became the first composer to apply popular music to classical forms yet never achieved the happiness his stature deserved.
"Previously, Gershwin biographers have been either hagiographic or unflattering. Hyland takes the middle of the road, and the Gershwin who emerges is both more complicated and more fascinating….This fresh and well-researched biography of one of America's great composers is highly recommended for all libraries." - Library Journal, Starred Review
[J]oins the ranks of several fine and industrious authors who have produced estimable efforts….[w]ritten in an accessible style that addresses a wide readership….[i]s a work of significant ambition - Book Reviews
William G. Hyland's biography ofsongwriter and composer George Gershwin is a detailed and very thorough one….William G. Hyland's biography of George Gershwin is clearly meant to eclipse the early biographies of the songwriter and to be the definitive one. He corrects the myths and errors about Gershwin in the earlier biographies and replaces them with facts. - Magill Book Reviews
[A]nyone curious about the new Gershwin scholarship will find this book to be an efficient starting point for further exploration. - The New York Times Book Review
"In this in-depth, well-researched biography, Hyland explores Gershwin's complex personality and his pioneering music….Hyland provides fresh insights on how Gershwin forged a link between jazz and the concert hall, new musical trends on Broadway in the 1920s, the composer's life and work in Hollywood, and his place in the pantheon of American music….Hyland explains how Gershwin became the first composer to apply popular music to classical forms and how his compositions reflected the restlessness of our country during the Jazz Age….a scrupulous portrait of a musical genius." - Booklist, Starred Review
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It did not take me long to realize that this was not 'just another' Gershwin biography [due to] the book's originality, its very up-to-date information, its careful but readable analyses, and its overview of everything yet written about Gershwin. The book is meticulously researched, very thorough, and well written. . . . I find it to be an excellent addition to the field.
Meet the Author
WILLIAM G. HYLAND served a long career with the United States Governmentat the White House, the State Department, and the NSCand for ten years was the editor of Foreign Affairs Quarterly. He is the author of many works on international politics, as well as The Song Is Ended: Songwriters and American Music, 1900-1950 and Richard Rodgers.
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