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The Complete Lyrics Of Ira Gershwin Paperback – August 21, 1998


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press (August 21, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0306808560
  • ISBN-13: 978-0306808562
  • Product Dimensions: 11.5 x 10.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,081,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Kimball's scholarship of the musical theater lends considerable authority to this grandiose undertaking, begun after Ira Gershwin's death in 1983. Kimball exhumed 700 lyrics (sans scores)--400 of which were unpublished--from archives, manuscripts, private collections, and more. His introduction offers biographical bits, a creative overview, and a chronology of personal and professional facts regarding Gershwin, along with an explanation of the editor's research methodology. The vast body of text includes show titles, lyrics, and existent production and publication details. Narrative by Gershwin, taken from Lyrics on Several Occasions (Knopf, 1959), punctuates many entries. Companion volumes include Kimball's The Gershwins ( LJ 12/1/73) and Edward Jablonski's Gershwin: A Biography (Doubleday, 1987). An invaluable compendium for scholar, singer, and generalist; recommended for most collections. (Photos not seen.)-- Cynthia Cordes, OCPL, Syracuse, N. Y.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Booklist

Presuming your library serves a community in which anybody sings or gets together to put on a musical, do you need to be told you probably gotta have this book? Ira Gershwin was the lyricist for his brother, George, without whom it sometimes seems there would be no songs in America, as well as, after George's death, for Weill, Copland, Kern, and similar luminaries. Although it's not apparent at this writing that the index herein will be the most useful kind--namely, one of titles, first lines, and first lines of refrains (because they, aka the choruses, are the most familiar parts of songs to the most people)--at least all the titles appear under the appropriate years or shows in the table of contents. The lyrics proper come in three-column display; each song has a headnote relaying its place in a show (or shows), who first sang it, its alternate titles, etc., and sometimes including Ira's comments from his own selection from his work, Lyrics on Several Occasions (1959). Hey, even if the index turns out less than ideal, still--'s wonderful! 's marvelous! Ray Olson --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Anthony Sconyers on October 18, 2008
Format: Hardcover
priceless to be able to get all the Ira Gershwin lyrics, many with his own comments
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
All I can say about this book is: 'Swonderful, 'smarvelous that such a book exists.
Every Gershwin fan in the world should have this book.
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3 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 10, 2002
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This collection kicks some butt! Robert Kimball does it again!
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