Strange Career of Porgy and Bess

Strange Career of Porgy and Bess

Race, Culture, and America's Most Famous Opera

eBook - 2012
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Created by George Gershwin and DuBose Heyward and sung by generations of black performers, Porgy and Bess has been both embraced and reviled since its debut in 1935. Ellen Noonan examines the opera's long history of invention and reinvention as a barometer of twentieth-century American expectations about race, culture, and the struggle for equality. Expertly weaving together the wide-ranging debates over the original novel, Porgy, and its adaptations on stage and film with a history of its intimate ties to Charleston, The Strange Career of Porgy and Bess uncovers the complexities behind one of.
Publisher: Chapel Hill : The University of North Carolina Press, 2012
ISBN: 9781469600253
1469600250
9780807837337
0807837334
Characteristics: 1 online resource (440 pages)

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patrickjohnmack
Sep 07, 2013

This book is probably the oddest and most pointless treatise on a major piece of music theater I have ever read. After covering the original production in detail and then the famous Houston Grand Opera production of the 70's it goes on to virtual ignore the film version, which is certainly a curiosity in the history of this work since it's been suppressed by the Gershwin estate, and then only mentions in passing the Glyndebourne production which is considered the best and most complete version of this masterpiece. It's hard to understand what the author was thinking when she literally ignores half of this great works history. 'The Life and Time of Porgy and Bess' by Hollis Alpert is the preferred treatise on this greatt work and its history.

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