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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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Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)

Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)

82 Duke Ellington: “George Gershwin” (1973)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from composer Duke Ellington's 1973 book Music Is My Mistress focusing on George Gershwin. It suggests that Ellington's remarks have been often referred to several times in the Gershwin literature as a means to appeal later to social sensibilities to complex social questions including the role of race in American music. This excerpt shows that Gershwin and Duke seem to have respected each other.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, Music Is My Mistress, composer, American music

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