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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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Nanette Kutner: “Radio Pays a Debt” (1936)

Nanette Kutner: “Radio Pays a Debt” (1936)

62 Nanette Kutner: “Radio Pays a Debt” (1936)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of Nanette Kutner's 1936 account of the role of radio in the production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Kutner reveals that Gershwin's 1934 radio show Music by Gershwin was instrumental in underwriting the production costs of Porgy and Bess. She also recounts the time when Gershwin confided to her about his plan to do an opera out of the book Porgy.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Nanette Kutner, Porgy and Bess, Music by Gershwin, radio show, opera

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