“LIFE IS A LOT LIKE JAZZ - IT'S BEST WHEN YOU IMPROVISE": Photograph of legendary American composer George Gershwin; Signed by Him

  • George Gershwin Signed Photograph

George Gershwin Signed Photograph


Item Number: 102733

Rare original black and white photograph of Gershwin playing the piano, boldly inscribed by Gershwin, “For Mary Maggenti- Every good wish, George Gershwin May 20, 1930.” Double matted and framed. The entire piece measures 15 by 13.5 inches. In near fine condition.

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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