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George GershwinHis Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248649

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001

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Short Story, Tell Me More, and the Concerto in F (1925)

Short Story, Tell Me More, and the Concerto in F (1925)

(p.337) Chapter Eighteen Short Story, Tell Me More, and the Concerto in F (1925)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

In collaboration with Samuel Dushkin, who at the least helped arrange the violin part, Gershwin composed, in early 1925, a brief piece for violin and piano, Short Story, and, during the winter of 1925, collaborated with Buddy DeSylva and Ira on a musical comedy, Tell Me More, for Alex Aarons's father, Alfred. As with his other musical comedies of the period, Tell Me More celebrates the triumph of young love over all else, here including the relative novelty of a Jewish–gentile romance. Even more than the Rhapsody, the Concerto in F evokes nineteenth-century concerto traditions, not only in such formal gestures as its cyclic finale, but, more generally, in its grandiloquence.

Keywords:   Samuel Dushkin, George Gershwin, violin, Buddy DeSylva, Alfred Aarons, musical comedy

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