“LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ - IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE": Rare musical quotation signed by legendary American composer George Gershwin

  • George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Musical Quotation Signed.

George Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue Musical Quotation Signed.

$5,800.00

Item Number: 95193

Rare original Rhapsody in Blue musical quotation signed by American composer and pianist George Gershwin. One page with an original photograph of Gershwin playing the piano mounted to the page. Boldly inscribed by Gershwin, “For Tessie Best Wishes & love, George Nov. 22, 1926.” With a hand-drawn bar with Treble Clef displaying a stanza from Gerswhin’s Rhapsody in Blue. Mounted and framed. The entire piece measures 19 by 17.5 inches. In very good condition with minor loss to the top right edge of the photograph and a closed tear. Rare and desirable with a hand written quotation by Gershwin from his most notable orchestral composition.

American composer and pianist George Gershwin’s orchestral compositions spanned the genres of popular, jazz, and classical music and are now considered to be some of the most important musical works of the twentieth century. Gershwin began his career composing Broadway theatre works with his brother Ira Gershwin and soon became a major figure in musical theatre in New York City and later Hollywood. Gershwin's classic Song-Book is illustrated with full-page color lithographic plates after Constantin Alajalov, and includes such Gershwin standards as “Swanee,” “Fascinating Rhythm,” “That Certain Feeling,” “The Man I Love,” “Strike Up the Band,” and “I Got Rhythm,” among others. “In one of his few prose writings, George provided an introduction for the song book. What is most important… is that it contained the original published version of each song, followed side by side by George’s ‘improvised’ versions of the songs” (Carnovale, 14).

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