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By Walter Rimler

George Gershwin lived with function and gusto, yet with depression to boot, for he was once not able to make a spot for himself--no relatives of his personal and no genuine domestic in music.

He and his siblings acquired little love from their mom and no path from their father. Older brother and lyricist Ira controlled to create a house while he married Leonore Strunsky, a hard-edged lady who lived for wealth and standing. the nearest George got here to domesticity used to be via his longtime courting with Kay rapid. She used to be his lover, musical confidante, and fellow composer. yet she remained married to a different guy whereas he went forever from lady to girl. merely within the ultimate hours of his existence, after they have been separated by means of a continent, did he notice how a lot he wanted her. Fatally unwell, unprotected by means of (and might be estranged from) Ira, he was once exiled by way of Leonore from the home she and the brothers shared, and he died horribly and by myself on the age of thirty-eight.

Nor used to be Gershwin capable of finding a delightful musical harbor. For years his songwriting genius might be expressed purely within the ephemeral international of express company, as his brilliance as a composer of large-scale works went unrecognized via intellectual song critics. while he resolved this situation together with his opera Porgy and Bess, the critics have been not able to appreciate or validate it. many years could cross sooner than this, his so much formidable composition, was once universally considered as one in every of music’s lasting treasures and ahead of his stature as a good composer grew to become secure.   

In George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait, Walter Rimler uses clean resources, together with newly came across letters through Kay speedy in addition to correspondence among and interviews with intimates of Ira and Leonore Gershwin. it really is written with lively prose and comprises greater than dozen photographs.

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