The Music of Gershwin

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This book is the first in-depth analysis of George Gershwin's entire compositional oeuvre, including his concert music. Written in a fluid, conversational style and illustrated with numerous musical examples, some of which have never before been published, it weaves biographical material with musical analysis and presents a chronological study of Gershwin's career.
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Overview

This book is the first in-depth analysis of George Gershwin's entire compositional oeuvre, including his concert music. Written in a fluid, conversational style and illustrated with numerous musical examples, some of which have never before been published, it weaves biographical material with musical analysis and presents a chronological study of Gershwin's career.
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George Gershwin was an American original, but as Gilbert points out, "original" is often equated with "primitive" and deemed not worthy of serious consideration. With this book, Gershwin's music finally gets the attention it deserves. While previous books have included some analysis-Alec Wilder's American Popular Song (Oxford Univ. Pr., 1972) and more recently Deena Rosenberg's Fascinating Rhythm (LJ 10/15/91)-this is the first title to focus exclusively on Gershwin's music, with in-depth musical analysis in the Schenkerian method. Gilbert, coauthor of the prominent text Introduction to Schenkerian Analysis (Norton, 1982), is well suited to the task. He notes the influence of the composer's studies with Joseph Schillinger, as well as some parallels with the music of Stravinsky and other "serious" composers of the day. Gilbert's book is not for the casual reader, since it requires an understanding of music theory and notation. Recommended for all serious music collections.-Michael Colby, Univ. of California Lib., Davis
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Table of Contents

Preface
1 The Music of Gershwin 1
2 An Analytic Approach 8
3 Fascinating Rhythm 25
4 The Early Period 41
5 Rhapsody in Blue 56
6 The Road to "I Got Rhythm" 72
7 Concerto in F and An American in Paris 90
8 New Musicals 126
9 Concert Works 150
10 Porgy and Bess 182
11 The Final Period 208
Notes 223
Select Bibliography 245
Credits 247
Index 251
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