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The Gershwin collection
Gershwin, George, 1898-1937.
Uniform Title:
Songs. Selections
Publication Information:
Milwaukee, WI : Hal Leonard Corp., [1992]

Physical Description:
1 score (134 pages) ; 31 cm
General Note:
"Easy piano."
Bess, you is my woman -- Bidin' my time -- But not for me -- By Strauss -- Clap yo' hands -- Do, do, do -- Embraceable you -- Fascinating rhythm -- A foggy day -- For you, for me, for evermore -- How long has this been going on? -- I got plenty o'nuttin' -- I got rhythm -- I love to rhyme -- I've got a crush on you -- It ain't necessarily so -- Let's call the whole thing off -- Liza -- Love is here to stay -- Love is sweeping the country -- Love walked in -- The man I love -- My man's gone now -- Nice work if you can get it -- Of thee I sing -- Oh, lady be good! -- Oh lawd, I'm on my way -- The real American folk song (is a rag) -- 'S wonderful -- Shall we dance -- Slap that bass -- Somebody loves me -- Someone to watch over me -- Strike up the band -- Summertime -- Swanee -- They all laughed -- They can't take that away from me -- A woman is a sometime thing.
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Format :
Musical Score


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Central Library M1630.18.G37 S624 1992 Musical Score Grosvenor Room-Oversize
Central Library M1630.18.G37 S624 1992 Musical Score Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

On Order



A comprehensive collection of 39 of George and Ira's best, including: Fascinating Rhythm * How Long Has This Been Going On * I Got Rhythm * Let's Call the Whole Thing Off * Love Walked In * Nice Work If You Can Get It * 'S Wonderful * Someone to Watch Over Me * Strike Up the Band * They Can't Take That Away From Me * and more.

Author Notes

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.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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