George Gershwin

George Gershwin 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 MusicHe 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 EightNor 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 Than Two Dozen Photographs

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  • Hardcover
  • 240 pages
  • George Gershwin
  • Walter Rimler
  • English
  • 06 September 2019
  • 9780252034442

10 thoughts on “George Gershwin

  1. says:

    A little slow and heavy burdened in spots, but still a good read.

  2. says:

    Inspiring book Makes me want to play the piano with gusto Gershwin had it all and yet, as this book describes, he didn t reach his full potential Gershwin s relationships described here are through personal letters Intimate indeed.Walter Rimler writes with economy and he uses esoteric nervacular to me anyway Had to look up words i.e autodidact, elegiac, funereal, in the dictionary and I learned much as a result.This is a book I will read again and again during my lifetime Highly recommended.

  3. says:

    I read a biography of George Gershwin when I was much younger and adored it It was not this book though, just a book about George Gershwin among the many biographies I think this book was the first book that I enjoyed reading because it was about a musician.

  4. says:

    What a tragedy his death was This author certainly hates Ira s wife, Leonore, and if his description of how she treated George is accurate, with good reason Author focuses on Gershwin s major works, not the theatrical music, which is the only way he can cover this short life in so few pages.

  5. says:

    Quick and readable A nice overview of the man s life, but not in depth or technical.

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