In 1919-20 George Gershwin was making a name for himself with Broadway songs and a first show of his own in New York. But he was already attracted to the world of classical music - a world he would enter with a bang in 1924 with his “Rhapsody in blue”. He prepared himself for this by taking an intensive course in composition, during which he wrote this brief “Lullaby” for string quartet as an exercise, probably in 1919. He liked its catchy melody so much that he later used it again in his one-act “jazz opera” “Blue Monday Blues”. “I find the piece charming and kind”, wrote his brother Ira in 1968 when the quartet movement appeared in print for the first time. Thus the world was given a second lullaby by this American composer - one worthy to stand alongside his famous “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess”.
It was not until a full quarter-century after the death of George Gershwin (1898 – 1937) that his Lullaby for string quartet received its first public perfor mance, on 29 August 1963 at the Edin burgh Festival. On that occasion the Lullaby was presented in an unusual arrangement for harmonica and string quartet by the famous harmonica virtuoso Larry Adler. However, … 계속
The most successful composer of musicals in the 1920s, he wrote 28 musicals, largely to lyrics by his brother Ira, and more than 500 songs (including for 23 musicals by others). His fame today is based on his symphonic works and his opera “Porgy and Bess.”
|1898||Born Jacob Gershwine into ordinary circumstances in Brooklyn (New York) on September 26.|
|1912||Piano studies with Charles Hambitzer. The music of Berlin and Kern serves as his model.|
|1914–17||Employment in Tin Pan Alley as a song plugger for Jerome H. Remick and Company, publishers of popular music. Soon thereafter employed as a rehearsal pianist.|
|1918||Composer of songs for publisher T. B. Harms.|
|1919||First Broadway musical “La La Lucille.”|
|1915–21||Studies theory with Edward Kilenyi, a pupil of Mascagni.|
|1920–24||Music for the revues “George White’s Scandals.”|
|1921||Attends summer courses at New York’s Columbia University.|
|1924||“Rhapsody in Blue” for the band of Paul Whiteman, the then-king of jazz; the musical “Lady, Be Good!”, starring Fred and Adele Astaire, and his first collaboration with his brother Ira, serves as his breakthrough as a composer for theater.|
|1925||Piano Concerto in F major.|
|1926||Premiere of the musical “Oh, Kay!”|
|1926/28||Travels to Europe.|
|1928||Symphonic poem “An American in Paris.”|
|1930||Premiere of the musical “Girl Crazy.”|
|1931||Score for the film “Delicious.”|
|1935||Premiere of the opera “Porgy and Bess,” today his best-known stage work.|
|1936||Score for the film “Shall We Dance?”|
|1937||Death in Los Angeles on July 11.|
This short quartet is a wonderful choice for string quartets who are looking for a versatile, relaxed piece with a hint of jazz.
Die Ausgabe des Henle-Verlags schafft die Voraussetzung für eine eigenständige Interpretation. Das Notenbild der Stimmen ist klar und übersichtlich. Die Partitur ermöglicht einen guten Überblick über den musikalischen Satz. Fingersätze, Angaben zur Dynamik und Artikulation wurden vom Stimmsatz der Abschrift übernommen. Das gibt den Interpreten den direkten Zugang zum Werk, unverfälscht durch „interpretierende“ Herausgeber.