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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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Oscar Levant: “Variations on a Gershwin Theme” (1939)

Oscar Levant: “Variations on a Gershwin Theme” (1939)

4 Oscar Levant: “Variations on a Gershwin Theme” (1939)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents American composer and pianist Oscar Levant's comments on the music of George Gershwin. According to Levant, Gershwin began to impinge on his life even before he met or even heard of him. He recalled his first meeting with Gershwin in a show titled Ladies First starring Nora Bayes and his recording of his version of Gershwin's compositions including Rhapsody in Blue and Rialto Ripples. This chapter is based on an original article published in the November 1939 issue of Town and Country magazine.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Oscar Levant, Nora Bayes, Ladies First, composers, pianists, Rhapsody in Blue, Rialto Ripples

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