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Complete Preludes for Piano Gershwin

Complete Preludes for Piano Gershwin

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1996WARNERBROS<PUBLICATIONSAllRightsReservedGERSHWIN®isaregisteredtrademarkofGershwinEnterprisesGEORGEGERSHWIN®isaregisteredservicemarkofGershwinEnterprisesAllRightsReservedAnyduplication,adaptationorarrangementofthecompositionscontainedinthiscollectionrequiresthewrittenconsentofthePublisher.Nopartofthisbookmaybephotocopiedorreproducedinanywaywithoutpermission.UnauthorizedusesareaninfringementoftheU.S.CopyrightActandarepunishablebylaw.
 
INTRODUCTIONTOPERFORMANCENOTES
IntheMarch1925issueofVanityFairMagazine,CarlVanVechtenmentionsthatGeorgeGershwinwasworkingonacollectionoftwentyfourpreludestitled"TheMeltingPot."GershwinmightverywellhavebeeninspiredbythetwentyfourChopinPreludeswhichareasdiversefromoneanotherasGershwin's.TheperceptionofameltingpotasitrepresentedAmericanlifeintheearlypartofthetwentiethcenturyseemstopermeateGershwin'smusicalideas;witnessSwanee,Lullaby,BlueMonday,Delicious(the1931Screenplay),theRhapsodyinBlue(asthefirstmajorAmericanworkencompassingcross-culturalmusicalidioms),AnAmericanInParis,thePreludes(whichrunthegamutfromKlezmarandJazztoLatinrhythmicmotifs),andofcoursePorgy
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Bess.AlthoughthreePreludeswerepublishedin1927,IraGershwinconfirmedthattherewereindeedsomeunpublishedpiecesintendedasPreludes.Themysteryofthe"lost"PreludesisaddressedbyEdwardJablonskiinhisbook"Gershwin:ABiography."Mr.Jablonskiwrites:"ThecreationorevolutionofthecollectionpublishedasPreludesforpianoisshadowy.ThepiecesGershwinperformed...onDecember5,1926numberedfive."Hegoesontoconfirmthatthetwo"lost"preludesweretheNoveletteinFourthsandRubato-tobejoinedinalaterconcertbyMelodyNo.17(ThefutureSleeplessNight).Inmyopin-ion,aresolutiontothishalf-centuryoldpuzzlemightbefoundinthefactthatin1925GeorgeGershwinagreedtoallowhisfriendandcolleagueSamuelDushkintoarrangeNoveletteinFourthsandRubatoasaviolin-pianopiecewhichwaspublishedassuchandtitled"ShortStory."AsforMelodyNo.17,Gershwinsetthispieceasideforlateruseasasong.In1946KaySwiftreworkedSleeplessNight,butnolyricswerewrittenforitanditwasneverpublished.ThereisyetanotherfragmentwhichbearsthenamePreludeandisdatedJanuary,1925.ItisprobablythefirstpreludeGershwincomposedspecificallyforhiscollectionbutwasneverincludedinhispublicperformancesasitbecametheopeningofthethirdmove-mentofhisforthcomingConcertoinFwhichpremieredinDecember,1925.
 
Thisedition,thefirstsince1927,isbaseduponGershwin'smanuscriptsaswritteninhisownhand,withtheexceptionofSleeplessNightintheKaySwiftversion,andPreludesNos.IinBflatandII(BlueLullaby)forwhichnomanuscriptshavebeenfound.Theabsenceoforiginalnotationandfullydetailedmanuscriptspresentedcertaindifficulties.Forexam-ple,weknowthatDr.AlbertSirmay,theeditororiginallyassignedtopreparethePreludesforpublishingwasillequippedtounderstandGershwin'sinnovativestylewhichremovedthesepiecessoeffectivelyfromthe19thcenturyEuropeantraditioninwhichDr.Sirmaywassteeped.Asaresult,thePreludeswereeditedwithaheavyhand,bringingtothemaromanticismoutofcontextwiththequicklypacedrhythmicallysteadyGershwinstyleofthe"RoaringTwenties."InordertofacilitatetheunderstandingofthisnewcompletecollectionofthePreludes,andattempttoremainasauthenticaspossiblegiventhematerialathand,IturnedtoLeopoldGodowskyIIIforhissageadviceasGershwinfamilymember,giftedcomposer,andfamilytrustee.Athissuggestion,weagreedtocreateatwo-toneeditionsothattheperformerwillbeabletoidentifyeverythingoriginallywritteninGershwin'sownhand.Muchofthismaterialisdevoidofpedaling,phrasing,dynamicsandtheusualattendantinterpre-tiveclues,necessitatingsignificanteditorialadditions.Nonotes,chordsorsymbolswerealteredexceptinMelodyNo.17whichhadtobereconstructedfromafragment.IwouldliketothereforethankMr.Godowskyforhiswonderfulideatocreatethistwotonescore.ToEdwardJablonskiloweanunendingdebtandgratitude,forwithouthisfriendshipandassistance,thisprojectwouldnothaveplace."MyadditionalappreciationtoMr.TonyEsposito,editoratWarnerBros.PublicationsforhisunfailingenthusiasmandskilledprofessionalisminsupportofmyresearchintothismostimportantaspectofGeorgeGershwin'spianoliterature,unavailableuntilnow.OnefinalnoteontheperformanceoftheGershwinPreludes:ItiscrucialtorememberthatthePreludesareinstantlyunderstoodbyJazzPerformerswhooftenlackthetech-niquetoplaythem,whileontheotherhandaresooftentotallymisunderstoodbyclassi-callytrainedpianistswhomayhavethetechnique,butapplytothemtheirorientationtotheclassics.Thebestapproachistotrytoidentifywiththeerainwhichtheywerewrittenandtomaintainasteadypacewithfewrubatosandspecialattentiontotherhythms-specificallythatsplit-secondtiminginwhichwhatisnotplayedbecomesalmostmoreimportantthanwhatis!

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