Composer of the Week: Gershwin

Tin Pan Alley to Broadway

Episode 1 Tin Pan Alley to Broadway



Donald Macleod presents an overview of some of the most brilliant works by George Gershwin (1898-1937) from both the concert stage and the world of musicals - showing off his gift for melody, and discussing his often-overlooked originality and daring as a so-called `serious' composer. He also introduces a series of numbers from Gershwin's voluminous songbook, in performances and arrangements by artists as diverse as George Martin, André Previn, Ella Fitzgerald, Meat Loaf and the Beach Boys' Brian Wilson, and a number of `lost' and rarely heard works. Gershwin arr Clarke: Rialto Ripples. George Gershwin (piano). When You Want 'Em, You Can't Get 'Em (When You Got 'Em, You Don't Want 'Em). Victoria Hart (vocals), Pavao Quartet. Gershwin: The Real American Folk Song (Is a Rag). Mary Cleere Haran (vocals), Richard Rodney Bennett (piano). Blue Monday (excerpts). Amy Burton (soprano: Vi), Gregory Hopkins (tenor: Joe), William Sharp (baritone: Tom and Sweet Pea), Arthur Woodley (baritone: Sam), Jamie J Offenbach (bass-baritone: Mike), Leslie Stiefelman (piano), Concordia, conductor Marin Alsop. Seven Preludes. Alicia Zizzo (piano). Gershwin arr Riddle: The Half of It, Dearie Blues; Fascinating Rhythm (Lady, Be Good!). Ella Fitzgerald (vocals), Capitol Studios Orchestra, conductor Nelson Riddle.

Cast & Crew

Producer Steven Rajam