The greatest songs of George Gershwin

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Chappell, 1979 - Music - 144 pages
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All the livelong day (And the long, long night) -- The back bay polka -- Bess you is my woman -- (I've got) beginner's luck -- By Strauss -- A foggy day -- For you, for me, for evermore -- I can't be bothered now -- I got plenty o' nuttin' -- I love to rhyme -- I was doing all right -- It ain't necessarily so -- The jolly tar and the milk maid -- Just another rhumba -- Let's call the whole thing off -- Love is here to stay -- Love walked in -- My man's gone now -- Nice work if you can get it -- Oh Bess, oh where's my Bess -- Promenade (Piano solo) -- The real American folk song (Is a rag) -- Shall we dance -- Slap that bass -- Sophia -- Summertime -- There's a boat dat's leavin' soon for New York -- They all laughed -- They can't take that away from me -- A woman is a sometime thing.

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Contents

Contents
4
Ive Got BEGINNERS LUCK
66
BY STRAUSS 131
87
GOT PLENTY 0 NUTTIN 17
103
IT AINT NECESSARILY SO 23
111
LOVE WALKED IN
118
MY MANS GONE NOW 29
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About the author (1979)

Jacob Gershvin, George Gershwin's real name according to his birth registry, began his music career when he was 16 years old by playing piano in music stores to demonstrate new popular songs. He later studied piano with Ernest Hutcheson and Charles Hambitzer in New York and studied harmony with Edward Kilenyi and with Rubin Goldmark. Gershwin was an almost immediate success with his song "Swanee." Gershwin also studied counterpoint with Henry Cowell and with Joseph Schillinger. Schillinger's influence can be seen in many of Gershwin's pieces, particularly in Porgy and Bess, an opera written for black singers using African American musical styles. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano and jazz orchestra, is another ground-breaking piece, incorporating jazz and blues sources and idioms in the classical concerto style. His song "I Got Rhythm" has been performed thousands of times in hundreds of ways by jazz musicians. His brother, Ira, wrote the lyrics for many of his songs. His melodic talent and genius for rhythmic invention are what made Gershwin an important American composer. He died at the age of 38 of a gliomatous cyst in the brain. Every year on the anniversary of his death, Lewisohn Stadium in New York holds a memorial concert.

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