The Resource George Gershwin : an intimate portrait, Walter Rimler

George Gershwin : an intimate portrait, Walter Rimler

Label
George Gershwin : an intimate portrait
Title
George Gershwin
Title remainder
an intimate portrait
Statement of responsibility
Walter Rimler
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • The dramatic story of a legendary American composer focusing on his private life through the use of fresh sources
  • From the Publisher: George Gershwin lived with purpose and gusto, but with melancholy as well, for he was unable to make a place for himself-no family of his own and no real home in music. He and his siblings received little love from their mother and no direction from their father. Older brother and lyricist Ira managed to create a home when he married Leonore Strunsky, a hard-edged woman who lived for wealth and status. The closest George came to domesticity was through his longtime relationship with Kay Swift. She was his lover, musical confidante, and fellow composer. But she remained married to another man while he went endlessly from woman to woman. Only in the final hours of his life, when they were separated by a continent, did he realize how much he needed her. Fatally ill, unprotected by (and perhaps estranged from) Ira, he was exiled by Leonore from the house she and the brothers shared, and he died horribly and alone at the age of thirty-eight. Nor was Gershwin able to find a satisfying musical harbor. For years his songwriting genius could be expressed only in the ephemeral world of show business, as his brilliance as a composer of large-scale works went unrecognized by highbrow music critics. When he resolved this quandary with his opera Porgy and Bess, the critics were unable to understand or validate it. Decades would pass before this, his most ambitious composition, was universally regarded as one of music's lasting treasures and before his stature as a great composer became secure. In George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait, Walter Rimler makes use of fresh sources, including newly discovered letters by Kay Swift as well as correspondence between and interviews with intimates of Ira and Leonore Gershwin. It is written with spirited prose and contains more than two dozen photographs
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Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
Dewey number
  • 780.92
  • B
Government publication
government publication of a state province territory dependency etc
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
ML410.G288
LC item number
R55 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Music in American life
George Gershwin : an intimate portrait, Walter Rimler
Label
George Gershwin : an intimate portrait, Walter Rimler
Link
http://bvbr.bib-bvb.de:8991/F?func=service&doc_library=BVB01&local_base=BVB01&doc_number=017739322&line_number=0001&func_code=DB_RECORDS&service_type=MEDIA
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Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1: From street kid to Wunderkind -- 2: Falling in love with Kay -- 3: Piano concerto -- 4: Ira takes a wife -- 5: Porgy -- 6: Paris -- 7: That long drip of human tears -- 8: Losing streak begins -- 9: Something big -- 10: Don't make it too good, George! -- 11: Kay, Jimmy, and FDR -- 12: Heart of American music -- 13: Kay's divorce -- 14: Todd Duncan -- 15: Casting, rehearsals, and an omen -- 16: Critics have their say -- 17: Limbo -- 18: Hollywood beckons -- 19: Pleasure Island -- 20: Final concert, final affair -- 21: Last songs -- 22: Epilogue -- Author's note -- Notes -- Index
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ocn265741730
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Dimensions
25 cm.
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Extent
204 pages, [16] pages of plates
Isbn
9780252081293
Lccn
2008047508
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)265741730

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