George Gershwin's songbook: Influences of Jewish music, ragtime and Jazz

Doctoral dissertation (University of Kentucky. The 18 piano transcriptions in the "George Gershwin song-book" reflect Gershwin's abilities as a pianist and his fascination with the early 20th music. In America's melting-pot of cultures, the influences of ragtime, jazz and traditional Jewish music may be found. Gershwin wrote for the piano in a remarkable free fresh and innovative fashion. Improvisations as a genre and not as a style are brilliantly captured in this opus.

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A Critic Look at His generation

Following the foundation of the State of Israel in 1948 one can clearly detect a growing response to world-wide artistic expressions. The new modes of expression, the innovative techniques, the various elaborate media have all become part of Israeli music. And yet, despite these influences some of the composers have kept their idiosyncratic Israeli flavour. The above mentioned influences on Israeli composers in the Sixties and Seventies are discussed in this article.

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