GEORGE GERSHWIN - COLLECTION WITH IRA GERSHWIN - HFSID 90416
GEORGE GERSHWIN and IRA GERSHWIN Ira Gershwin signs a first day cover honoring his brother, George Gershwin framed with George Gershwin's signature on a piece of paper. Comprises: (1) IRA GERSHWIN. First Day Cover signed: "Ira Gershwin", 6x3½.
Sale Price $1,600.00
GEORGE GERSHWIN and IRA GERSHWIN
Ira Gershwin signs a first day cover honoring his brother, George Gershwin framed with George Gershwin's signature on a piece of paper.
Comprises: (1) IRA GERSHWIN. First Day Cover signed: "Ira Gershwin", 6x3½. First Day Cover honoring his brother, George Gershwin, 8-cent stamp affixed, postmarked Beverly Hills, California, February 28, 1973, FIRST DAY OF ISSUE. Slightly creased, lightly soiled. Fine condition. (2) GEORGE GERSHWIN. Signature: "George Gershwin", 3¼x1½ ruled sheet. Slightly soiled. Fine condition. GEORGE GERSHWIN (1898-1937) composed music for Broadway productions, film scores and orchestral works, combining elements of jazz and opera with popular music in classic orchestration. After beginning piano study at the age of twelve, he gained fame with his first hit, "Swanee" (1919), sung by Al Jolson. Gershwin's orchestral compositions include Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928). The idea for his last work, Porgy & Bess (1935), came in 1926, when he read Dubose Heyward's Porgy. Gershwin began the work with Heyward in 1932. It took him 20 months to write and orchestrate the music for the play, which opened on Broadway at the Alvin Theatre on October 10, 1935 (it played for 124 performances and was revived on Broadway in 1942). After over a decade of collaboration with his younger brother George, IRA GERSHWIN (1896-1983) worked on films and plays with other collaborators, writing such tunes as "Long Ago and Far Away" (1944) and "The Man That Got Away" (1954). In his early years, he used the pseudonym Arthur Francis to avoid capitalizing on his brother's reputation. Ira wrote the lyrics for such Gershwin songs as "'S Wonderful," "I Got Rhythm" and "Embraceable You." He remained active as a lyricist until the last year of his life. The dynamic brothers had first teamed up on "The Real American Folk Song", which appeared in Ladies First (1918). The talented duo from Brooklyn set New York City and the nation humming with tunes from more than 20 Broadway musicals, including Lady Be Good (1924), Tip-Toes (1925), Oh, Kay! (1926), Funny Face and Strike Up The Band (both 1927), Treasure Girl (1928), Show Girl (1929), Girl Crazy (1930) and Pardon My English (1933), and a number of motion pictures. Their musical, Of Thee I Sing (1931), was the first musical awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Two items. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 26½x24.
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