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Ira GershwinThe Art of the Lyricist$
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Philip Furia

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780195115703

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195115703.001.0001

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Sing Me Not a Ballad: 1941–1945

Sing Me Not a Ballad: 1941–1945

(p.176) 10 Sing Me Not a Ballad: 1941–1945
Ira Gershwin

Philip Fuma

Oxford University Press

Soon after the completion of Lady in the Dark Ira and Leonore purchased a house in Beverly Hills. After the ceaseless moves of the Gershwin household during his boyhood, Ira finally could settle into a home where he would spend most of the rest of his life. As time went by, his excursions became fewer; he managed to run things nicely from where he was. Thus during what is now recognized as the Broadway musical's greatest era, Ira Gershwin was rooted in California. Almost all of his work over the course of the next twenty years was done for Hollywood films, few of which provided the kind of script he longed for.

Keywords:   Ira Gershwin, songwriting, films, Hollywood

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