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Nov.22.2013
Porgy and Bess   a stage review   by Jeanne Powell   This current New York production of "Porgy and Bess" features a superbly talented cast of singers and dancers, performing Gershwin’s timeless melodies with skill and enthusiasm. “Porgy and Bess” is touring the...
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Jun.20.2013
Gershwin's Crap Game Fugue This music first appears in Act 1, Scene 1 of Porgy and Bess. The contrapuntal “Crown cockeyed drunk” music that appears shortly before the Crap Game Fugue is a canon—a musical device that Gershwin was very proud of having mastered. As for the fugue, it makes use of...
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Jun.02.2013
It was the only time my mother actively encouraged me to skip school or, rather, ballet school, for reasons other than health.  “If you want to be a dancer, you must see this film.  It’s as important for your education as your classes.” As a child, more than anything in the world, I...
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Mar.29.2013
  On January 24, 1935 George Gershwin wrote Todd Duncan (who had just been signed to sing the role of Porgy): "I am leaving for Florida this weekend where I begin the task of orchestrating the opera. I just finished a trio in the last scene for Porgy, Serena, and Maria which I think will...
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Dec.16.2012
  "The Buzzard Song" Music by George Gershwin Lyrics by DuBose Heyward In Act II Scene 1 of Porgy and Bess, Alan Archdale, the only sympathetic white character in the opera, tells Serena, Clara and Porgy he is bailing their friend Peter (the honey man) out of jail. Peter's theme is then played...
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Sep.13.2012
Et Tu, Audra? It makes sense to buy this CD if you want to hear the glorious voice of Audra McDonald. But if you want to hear the even more glorious voice of George Gershwin stay away. This is a tampered version of his Porgy and Bess. It isn't just because the story and libretto have been changed--...
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Jul.14.2012
This song, with lyrics by Irving Caesar, was introduced by Muriel DeForrest in Capitol Revue at the Capitol Theatre in New York City on October 24, 1919. No one these days remembers a tune called “Hindustan” but its popularity in 1919 was directly responsible for the creation of Gershwin's first...
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Jul.13.2012
The Film Society of the Lincoln Center is currently presenting a Gene Kelly retrospective. Invitation to the Dance: Gene Kelly at 100, features 23 of the innovative dancer’s films through July 26th. On Friday, July 20th, Kelly’s widow, film historian Patricia Ward Kelly, takes a ...
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Jun.30.2012
  This piece is in one movement. It was in 1923 that Gershwin, having failed to prepare a harmony exercise for his third lesson with Rubin Goldmark (nephew of Hungarian composer Karl Goldmark and a pupil of Antonin Dvořák), turned in this composition, written several years earlier. As Gershwin...
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May.27.2012
  This song is sung in Act III, Scene II of Porgy and Bess. Ira Gershwin wrote the lyrics. On opening night, John Bubbles, who played Sporting Life, surprised everybody by wearing a flashy emerald-green suit in this scene. As it happened, the zipper was not working and the entrance music had...