By Walter Rimler
George Gershwin lived with goal and gusto, yet with depression in addition, for he was once not able to make a spot for himself--no family members of his personal and no actual domestic in music.
He and his siblings obtained little love from their mom and no course from their father. Older brother and lyricist Ira controlled to create a house whilst he married Leonore Strunsky, a hard-edged girl who lived for wealth and standing. the nearest George got here to domesticity used to be via his longtime courting with Kay rapid. She used to be his lover, musical confidante, and fellow composer. yet she remained married to a different guy whereas he went forever from lady to lady. purely within the ultimate hours of his lifestyles, once they have been separated by means of a continent, did he notice how a lot he wanted her. Fatally sick, unprotected via (and possibly estranged from) Ira, he was once exiled through Leonore from the home she and the brothers shared, and he died horribly and by myself on the age of thirty-eight.
Nor used to be Gershwin capable of finding a pleasing musical harbor. For years his songwriting genius can be expressed in basic terms within the ephemeral global of convey enterprise, as his brilliance as a composer of large-scale works went unrecognized by way of intellectual tune critics. whilst he resolved this problem along with his opera Porgy and Bess, the critics have been not able to appreciate or validate it. a long time could move sooner than this, his such a lot formidable composition, was once universally considered as one among music’s lasting treasures and prior to his stature as a good composer turned secure.
In George Gershwin: An Intimate Portrait, Walter Rimler uses clean assets, together with newly came across letters by way of Kay speedy in addition to correspondence among and interviews with intimates of Ira and Leonore Gershwin. it really is written with lively prose and comprises greater than dozen photographs.