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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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Richard Crawford “George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ (1930)” (1993)

Richard Crawford “George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ (1930)” (1993)

(p.156) 44 Richard Crawford “George Gershwin’s ‘I Got Rhythm’ (1930)” (1993)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of Richard Crawford's commentaries on George Gershwin's I Got Rhythm, which was published in 1930 in The American Musical Landscape. Crawford notes that this composition occupied a special place in Gershwin's work and it was the song that the composer himself singled out as best suited for embellished instrumental performance. He also listed seventy-nine recordings of the song made by various artists including Fred Rich, Red Nichols, and Ethel Waters.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, I Got Rhythm, Richard Crawford, instrumental performance, Fred Rich, Red Nichols, Ethel Waters

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