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The Cambridge Companion to Gershwin

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Michael Owen, Ellen Noonan, Susan Neimoyer, Jessica Getman, Kristen M. Turner, Todd Decker, Timothy Freeze, Mark Clague, Anna Harwell Celenza, Naomi André, Nathan Platte, Howard Pollack, Will Friedwald, Ryan Raul Bañagale, Nate Sloan, Michael Feinstein
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  • Publication planned for: September 2019
  • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108437646

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About the Authors
  • George Gershwin is often described as a quintessentially American composer. This Cambridge Companion explains why, engaging with the ways in which his music was shaped by American political, intellectual, cultural and business interests. As a composer and performer, Gershwin embraced technological advances and broke new ground in music business practices. In the decades preceding World War II, he captured the mechanistic pulse of modern life with his concert works and lay the groundwork for the Great American Songbook with his Broadway shows and film music. With his brother Ira, and his cousins Henry and B. A. Botkin, Gershwin explored various ethnic and cultural identities and contemplated their roles in US culture. His music confronted race during the Jim Crow era and continues to engage with issues of race today. This interdisciplinary exploration of Gershwin's life and music describes his avowed pursuit of an 'American' musical identity and its ongoing legacy.

    • Illuminates the links between Gershwin's talents in the realms of composition, performance and the music industry
    • Discusses Gershwin's life and musical works in an interdisciplinary context, addressing how issues such as technology, politics, economics, business and immigration practices influenced the origins and development of his music
    • Demonstrates the continued relevance of George Gershwin and his music to contemporary society
    • Describes George Gershwin's involvement in the development of folk studies in 1930s America
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    Product details

    • Publication planned for: September 2019
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108437646
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 247 x 174 x 16 mm
    • weight: 0.67kg
    • contains: 5 b/w illus. 9 music examples
    • availability: Not yet published - available from September 2019
  • Table of Contents

    Part I. Historical Context:
    1. The unlikely patriarch Michael Owen
    2. Hearing Gershwin's New York Ellen Noonan
    3. Gershwin's musical education Susan Neimoyer
    4. Gershwin in Hollywood Jessica Getman
    Part II. Profiles of the Music:
    5. Blue Monday and New York theatrical aesthetics Kristen M. Turner
    6. Broadway in blue: Gershwin's musical theatre scores and songs Todd Decker
    7. The works for piano and orchestra Timothy Freeze
    8. Harmonizing music and money: Gershwin's economic strategies from 'Swanee' to An American in Paris Mark Clague
    9. Exploring new worlds: An American in Paris, Cuban Overture and Porgy and Bess Anna Harwell Celenza
    10. Complexities in Gershwin's Porgy and Bess: historical and performing contexts Naomi André
    11. Writing for the big screen: Shall We Dance and A Damsel in Distress Nathan Platte
    Part III. Influence and Reception:
    12. The coverage of Gershwin in music history text Howard Pollack
    13. When Ella Fitzgerald sang Gershwin: a chapter from the Great American Songbook Will Friedwald
    14. The afterlife of Rhapsody in Blue Ryan Raul Bañagale
    15. Broadway's 'new' Gershwin musicals: romance, jazz, and the ghost of Fred Astaire Todd Decker
    16. Gershwin and instrumental jazz Nate Sloan
    Epilogue: the Gershwin I knew, and the Gershwin I know Michael Feinstein.

  • Editor

    Anna Harwell Celenza, Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Anna Harwell Celenza is the Thomas E. Caestecker Professor of Music at Georgetown University, where she also serves as core faculty in the American Studies Program. She is the author/editor of many scholarly books, including the award-winning Jazz Italian Style: From Its Origins in New Orleans to Fascist Italy and Sinatra (Cambridge, 2017).  She has published numerous articles on a range of composers, from Franz Liszt and Gustav Mahler to Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn and Louis Armstrong.


    Michael Owen, Ellen Noonan, Susan Neimoyer, Jessica Getman, Kristen M. Turner, Todd Decker, Timothy Freeze, Mark Clague, Anna Harwell Celenza, Naomi André, Nathan Platte, Howard Pollack, Will Friedwald, Ryan Raul Bañagale, Nate Sloan, Michael Feinstein

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