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RQ-266249-19

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: December 2018 to August 2020)
Andrew S. Kohler (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Mark Allan Clague (Co Project Director: December 2018 to present)
A Critical Edition of the Works of American Composers George Gershwin (1898-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983)

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores of works by George and Ira Gershwin, including music for string quartet, symphony orchestra, Broadway musicals, and film scores. (36 months).

The names of George and Ira Gershwin are synonymous throughout the world with American musical creativity. While readily accessible, their work too often circulates in substandard scores that contain surprising errors. In response, the Gershwin family estates, their publisher (Schott Music Group), and the University of Michigan have joined forces to produce The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, the first scholarly edition of the Gershwins’ oeuvre. This complete-works critical edition facilitates both study and performance, giving a wide audience—musicians, scholars, students, and enthusiasts alike—greater insight into the Gershwins’ creative output. By September 2019, the edition will have used its initial, three-year NEH grant to provide three volumes to Schott for publication and sale, and five volumes for rental to ensembles. An additional round of funding is sought to continue the employment of key staff and to continue this work.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$337,393 (approved)
$260,410 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022