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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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Joseph Swain: From “America’s Folk Opera” (1990)

Joseph Swain: From “America’s Folk Opera” (1990)

(p.193) 53 Joseph Swain: From “America’s Folk Opera” (1990)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Joseph Swain's 1990 book The Broadway Musical: A Critical and Musical Survey focusing on George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Swain analyzes what got Gershwin interested in turning DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy into an opera. He suggests that it could be the spirituals or Heyward's apparent success in getting at the heart of the black community.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Porgy and Bess, Joseph Swain, DuBose Heyward, Porgy, opera, novel, black culture

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