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Introducing the Gershwin Critical Edition

Oct. 19, 2023

Introducing the Gershwin Critical Edition

George Gershwin's unique ability to combine complex classical compositional techniques with catchy melodies and rhythmic vitality made him one of the most popular and influential composers of all time. As the musical world celebrates the occasion of his 125th birthday (September 26, 2023) and timeless musical oeuvre in numerous concerts throughout the year, we are pleased to highlight a further contribution to this anniversary: the 60 volumes of the George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition from the University of Michigan published by Schott Music.

The Gershwin Critical Edition is a groundbreaking undertaking that will provide the first scholarly edition of the music and lyrics of George and Ira Gershwin. With an emphasis on historical research and editorial accuracy, this edition will provide conductors, musicians, performers, scholars, and audiences with invaluable insights into the Gershwin brothers' original material and present performance materials that faithfully reflect the creators' vision. From iconic works such as Porgy and Bess, Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Concerto in F to the scores composed for beloved Broadway and Hollywood musicals, this comprehensive collection showcases the Gershwins' immense contribution to the American musical landscape. 

The meticulous editing of this critical edition delicately balances the intricate blend of classical, jazz, blues, and popular song traditions found in the Gershwins' music, while respecting the nuanced conventions of different musical notations. Working with performers, orchestras, and conductors, the Gershwin Critical Edition aims to produce scholarly yet practical editions suitable for performance in concert halls and theaters worldwide. Rehearsal performances with professional ensembles play a vital role in shaping these editions, ensuring an authentic representation of the creators' work. 

Initial Volumes Published in 2023 include:

Rhapsody in Blue (Version for Solo Piano and Jazz Band, 1924)
Series II, Vol. 1AA (Score) · Series II, Vol. 1AB (Reduction for two Pianos)

The Gershwins Abroad or Four Americans in Paris (and several other cities),
a 1928 Notebook · Series VIII, Vol. 1

Join us on this extraordinary musical journey as we unravel the rich tapestry of Gershwin's legacy.
Click here to download a PDF of the Gershwin Critical Edition subscription brochure or to order a printed copy.