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Author: Walter Rimler
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Title: George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life)
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Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st edition (July 21, 2009)
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George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait (Music in American Life) by Walter Rimler



George Gershwin lived his life with delight and vitality, 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 music. He and his siblings received little love from their mother and no direction from their father. The closest George came to domesticity was his longtime affair with fellow composer Kay Swift. But she remained married to another man while he went from woman to woman.

George Gershwin lived his life with delight and vitality, 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 music.

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George Gershwin, born in 1898, was one of America's greatest composers. He published his first song when he was eighteen years old. During the next twenty years until his death in 1937 he wrote more than five hundred more songs. He also wrote an opera as well as music for piano and orchestra. Another well – known Gershwin song is An American in Paris. It also became an immediate success. Critics were once again divided over the music. Some called it happy and full of life, to others it was silly and long-winded. Still it remains one of his most popular works. George Gershwin died in 1937; just days after doctors learned he had brain cancer. He was only thirty-nine years old. Newspapers all over the world reported his death on their front pages.

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George Gershwin lived his life with delight and vitality, 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 music. He and his siblings received little love from their mother and no direction from their father. The closest George came to domesticity was his long time affair with fellow composer Kay Swift. But she remained married to another man while he went  from woman to woman. Only in the final hours of his life did he realize how much he needed her. Fatally ill, unprotected by (and perhaps estranged from) his older brother Ira, he was exiled by Ira's hard-edged wife Leonore from the house that she and the brothers shared, and he died alone at the age of thirty-eight. Nor did Gershwin find a satisfying musical harbor. For years his 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, critics were unable to understand or validate it.Decades would pass before 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 this book, 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 more than two dozen photographs.
Reviews: 7
Knights from Bernin
This book is a tightly written and excellent new short biography which uses the correspondence of Gershwin and Kay Swift to bring new insights to a crowded biographical subject. If you have read other works of the life of Mr. Gershwin, you still will learn some new details about his busy and incredibly musically inspired life. Like many great writers of music, it is like he was born to compose and perform. The newly emerged details regarding his last illness and untimely death are almost heart wrenching. If you want to learn about George Gershwin the man, this is a very fine biography to start your walk with George Gershwin.
Hap
This is and efficiently written biography that includes all the interesting details while excluding the minutia that biographies are so often prone to.

Gershwin was a fascinating, if not tragic giant in the American musical fabric. Yet he didn't seem to understand the viability of his contribution. Sad.

However, he lead an exciting and productive life with enormous financial rewards. I wish I could've known him.
Gri
Rimler provides welcome detail on areas of Gershwin's life that have been glossed over by previous biographers, notably Gershwin's musicological and romantic relationship with Kay Swift, and his harrowing final days. Also in contrast to earlier hagiographers, Rimler imbues Gershwin with an undercurrent of melancholy that rings true.

Unfortunately, Rimler lacks the requisite authority of a reliable biographer. Citations are absent for many of his more arresting details, and worse, the book is riddled with what appears to be pure speculation. Still, it's a good read.
Nidor
I have long been convinced as a college professor, a choral director and a student of American music that George Gershwin ranks among the greatest if not THE greatest American composer. Mr. Rimler's book is a wonderful synthesis of his life and works and it was an unabated joy to read. I would recommend it to anyone who knows and loves Gershwin as I do or else wants to be introduced to this remarkable man. Thanks, Mr. Rimler for a wonderful read.
Qwne
My husband loved this music and wanted to read about the man behind the music.It is among his several book collection
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The last few chapters of this book are really touching and well-written. There is much that is left out in terms of George's death but the author points to some possibilities. It left me wanting to know more about the cast of characters and what kind of (dysfunctional) relationships must have been going on for George's health to be so easily cast aside as emotional not physical. And, once some of these ideas were stoked by this book, it left me wishing the author could have been better at alluding to these strange dynamics throughout the book. I guess that's the real challenge with biography, you can't get too creative... and out of respect for the Gershwins... But, what a tragedy to lose George at such a young age!
Dusar
Great insight into his private life and his works.
If you are a Gershwin fan or enjoy biographies it's an interesting book. I liked it.