Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin
The 100th birthdays of George and Ira Gershwin (in 1898 and 1896, respectively) are being celebrated around the world. The centennials are the perfect occasion to reflect on the brothers' rich legacy to American theater music. "The Man I Love," "Fascinating Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "A Foggy Day"--together they wrote 700 songs and dozens of shows that defined an age and revolutionized the musical theater. Essential to any consideration of their achievement is Deena Rosenberg's Fascinating Rhythm, the only book to closely examine the brothers'extraordinary collaboration.
First published in 1991, this pioneering work--which grew out of extensive interviews with Ira Gershwin and draws on much unpublished material from his archives--provides an interpretation and critical history of the Gershwin opus. Focusing on the major songs and shows and on the creative process that produced them, Rosenberg traces the development of the Gershwins' vocabulary, voice, subject, and viewpoint as they evolved from song to song. She illuminates how words and music work together in each song to create a small one-act play that encompasses a satisfying emotional and dramatic action.
Rosenberg also expertly places the Gershwins in their creative and social context, highlighting their innovations, their own growth as mature artists, and their relationship to their times. And she outlines Ira's productive career following the untimely death of his brother in 1937.
Filled with musical examples, Iyrics, and photographs, this rich portrait will fascinate any musical theater lover.
"Packed with terrific insights that will delight those who care about this music." --New York Times Book Review
Deena Rosenberg is the founding chair of the Musical Theatre Program, Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. A cultural and music historian, she is coauthor of The Music Makers and has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles Times, High Fidelity, and other publications.
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FASCINATING RHYTHM: The Collaboration of George and Ira GershwinUser Review - Kirkus
A music historian with a fine interpretive ear for both music and language examines the collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin- -in what is not a biography but rather a nontechnical study of how the ... Read full review
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This is a splendid examination of the musical-lyrical output of the Gershwin brothers by consummate interviewer Rosenberg ( The Brothers Gershwin: Their Lives & Work Together , Macmillan, 1989), who ... Read full review
First and Last New Yorkers
The Rhapsody in Blue and The Man I Love The Gershwins Find Their Voice
Lady Be Good The Gershwins and Musical Comedy
Someone to Watch over Me The High Twenties and Oh Kay
I Got Rhythm Girl Crazy and the End of the Twenties
Of Thee I Sing The Gershwins and Satiric Operetta
Porgy and Bess American Opera The Grand Synthesis
Shall We Dance The Gershwins in Hollywood
The Gershwins Works
An Alphabetical List
Original Keys to Major Songs Discussed in the Book
Music and Lyrics to Three Key Songs
I Got Rhythm
A Foggy Day
Ira Gershwin Carries On
Credits for Photographs