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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Carleton Sprague Smith: “d’Alvarez-Gershwin Recital”(1927)

Carleton Sprague Smith: “d’Alvarez-Gershwin Recital”(1927)

29 Carleton Sprague Smith: “d’Alvarez-Gershwin Recital”(1927)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of Carleton Sprague Smith's review of George Gershwin and Marguerite d'Alvarez's concert at the Symphony Hall in New York, which was published in the January 1927 issue of Christian Science Monitor. Smith commented on Gershwin's performance of his five preludes for piano. He suggests that the first piano prelude exhibited clever manipulation of rhythms, the second proved unconvincing of anything, the third was effectively contrived, the fourth showed amazing simplicity and the last was a quivering musical sketch.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Marguerite d'Alvarez, concert review, Carleton Sprague Smith, preludes for piano

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