George Gershwin

American composer and pianist, 1898-1937

Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928) as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935). Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century. Gershwin's compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations. Many celebrated singers and musicians have covered his songs.

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Gershwin, George

Komponist, Pianist und Dirigent (1898-1937). Masch. Brief mit eigenh. Unterschrift „George Gershwin“. New York. 4to. 1 p. Gedr. Briefkopf.
$ 2,925 / 2.500 € (81432)

An Percy A. Danielson, dem er mitteilt, dass „my new show will be coming to New York in early July [Show Girl]“ und sich gerne mit ihm treffen wird. - Beiliegt: Original-Photographie Gershwins im Halbprofil nach rechts. Photographie: Van Vechten.

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Gershwin, George

American composer, pianist and painter whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres (1898-1937). Autograph musical quotation, signed and inscribed "With Best wishes/ from your Composer/ George Gershwin". [Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane, London, Autumn 1924]. 60 : 92mm.
$ 7,604 / 6.500 € (81618)

Autograph musical quotation, signed and inscribed "With Best wishes/ from your Composer/ George Gershwin", of two bars in E flat Major [the opening of 'Isn't it Wonderful', the chorus concluding the first act of his musical Primrose], on card, very light browning but overall in good and attractive condition. Together with a newspaper clipping and two postcards (small collection). 'BEST WISHES FROM YOUR COMPOSER' - the young George Gershwin doffs his cap to one of his leading ladies, quoting his song 'Isn't it Wonderful', dating from the same year as Rhapsody in Blue and Lady, Be Good. With this card is a newspaper cutting, datable to 1929, reporting the secret romance and wedding of 'West End leading lady' Margery Hicklin to Leon Heron, artist son of an Australian financier (two of whose postcards are also included).

In 1924 Miss Hicklin had starred as Joan in Gershwin's musical Primrose, opening at the Winter Garden Theatre, Drury Lane, on 11 September 1924 and running for 255 performances. Our card must date before the end of the year, prior to Gershwin's return to America for the Broadway premier of Lady, Be Good on 1 December 1924. (Recordings of several numbers sung by Miss Hicklin as Joan are extant.).

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Gershwin, George

Komponist, Pianist und Dirigent (1898-1937). Typed letter signed (carbon copy). New York. 1 S. 4to.
$ 7,019 / 6.000 € (40987/BN21467)

To Leslie Rogers of the Boston Symphony Orchestra: "I will try to locate the extra symphonic parts you ask for in connection with the 'Rhapsody in Blue' and I will send them out to you. As they are the only ones I have please send them back to me after you have finished using them. I believe Harms is arranging with Mr. Fiedler for a suitable fee for 'An American in Paris' [...]". - On stationery with printed letterhead. Some wear and traces of mounting on reverse, but still well-preserved.

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Gershwin, George

Komponist, Pianist und Dirigent (1898-1937). 2 typed letters signed. Wohl New York. Zusammen (¾+1 =) 1¾ SS. auf 2 Bll. 4to.
$ 3,275 / 2.800 € (45222/BN31521)

To Grace Morse of James B. Pinkerton & Son, concerning an invitation (7 June), and sending biographical material: "Mr. Isaac Goldberg is keeping me posted about what he is writing and I am sending as much material as I can think of for his articles. If you think it is necessary for me to meet Mr. Costain when Mr. Goldberg comes to New York I shall be glad to be at the meeting [...]" (2 Oct.). - On Gershwin's personalized stationery engraved at head "George Gershwin 33 Riverside Drive, New York City"; marginal splits to center horizontal folds; small damage to edges and slightly browned due to paper.

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Gershwin, George

Eigenh. Widmung mit Notenzeile und U. in: Isaac Goldberg: George Gershwin: A Study in American Music.
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Four bars from an unidentified work dedicated to Grace Morse: ""All the best George Gershwin Nov. 8, 1932". - Front spine broken, binding somewhat bumped; wrapper with larger defects.