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RQ-266249-19

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: December 2018 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.

Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + match):
$337,393 (approved)
$150,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022


RQ-249784-16

University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Mark Allan Clague (Project Director: December 2015 to September 2016)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: September 2016 to present)
The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores of works by George and Ira Gershwin. See website at http://www.music.umich.edu/ami/gershwin/.

The music of George and Ira Gershwin was created in regions between—between concert hall and club, past and present, black and white, cosmopolitan and vernacular—as a direct expression of day-to-day life in 1920s Manhattan. While Ira’s words captured the changing dynamics of social life, George mixed African American and Jewish music with the models of the concert hall and Broadway to create a revelatory sonic alloy of American culture. Working under sanction of the Gershwin estates, the University of Michigan proposes a first-ever George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, a scholarly series of all the music of the Gershwin brothers, works created together and in tandem with others. This project will make available—for the first time—accurate musical scores and performance materials for works such as Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue, redressing a longstanding bias against popular culture to preserve the legacy of two beloved and influential musical artists.

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Project fields:
Music History and Criticism

Program:
Scholarly Editions and Translations

Division:
Research Programs

Totals (outright + match):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019