Principal works by Edward German:
"Melodically I may be a success,
Harmonically, I may be respectable,
Orchestrally I may be sound,
Socially I will be a mistake."
|THEATRE: The Rival Poets; The Emerald Isle (with Sir Arthur Sullivan): Merrie England; The Princess of Kensington; Tom Jones; Fallen Fairies, etc.|
|ORCHESTRA: Incidental music to Richard III, Henry VIII, As You Like It, Nell Gwynn; Symphony in E-Minor; Symphony in A-Minor; Symphonic Suite in D-Minor; Welsh Rhapsody; Coronation March and Hymn; Theme and Six Diversions, etc.|
About Edward German:
Scott W. H. Edward German. Musical Times 45:20January 1904.
Important recordings of music by Edward German:
VICTOR: Nell Gwynn; Country Dances (Ganz).
"He is a Colossus, with one foot planted in Carnegie Hall, and the other in Tin- Pan Alley."-ISAAC GOLDBERG
GEORGE GERSHWIN, often referred to as the "white hope of American music," was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 28, 1898. Boyhood days were spent on Grand Street, New York, usually in the gutter, either roller-skating or playing punchball. The piano in those days was merely a dull necessity to which his over- conscientious mother led him by the ear each evening for some reluctant practising. George's teacher in those days was a gray-haired and half-deaf maestro who charged twenty-five cents a lesson. It is remarkable that, under such conditions, George actually became a technically apt pianist.
George's arrival into Tin-Pan Alley was celebrated at an early age. When he was sixteen, his roving eye, scanning the want-ads in a daily newspaper, was arrested by the proclamation that Remick and Sons wanted a good pianist. He answered the ad in person. The manager, a stout, authoritative gentleman with a cigar protruding from his lips, invited young Gershwin to play for him. The cigar intimidated George, and his fingers, which had seemed so very capable, slipped and erred grotesquely. He rose from the piano in disgust, feeling he had made a mess of the audition, and was about to walk out of the office without a word, when the oracle spoke: "You'll do. You can come in tomorrow."
In the course of his career as jazz- pianist, George composed his first song; then his first musical comedy, La, La, Lucille; then his initial revue for George____________________
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Publication information: Book title: Composers of Today:A Comprehensive Biographical and Critical Guide to Modern Composers of All Nations. Contributors: David Ewen - Editor, David Ewen - Compiler. Publisher: H. W. Wilson. Place of publication: New York. Publication year: 1934. Page number: 82.
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