Talk:George Gershwin

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an African-American version of the Carmen story

No, no, no. Someone is thinking of Carmen Jones, a 1940s Billy Rose production, with lyrics and libretto by Oscar Hammerstein II and music adapted from Bizet. Porgy and Bess was based on DuBose Heyward's novel Porgy. Dpbsmith 20:39, 21 May 2007 (EDT)

Treemonisha

"Porgy and Bess was loosely based upon Scott Joplin's opera Treemonisha."

I don't think so.

Among other things, the opera was barely known and not performed until it was rediscoverd in the 1970s.

For another, I can't think of any similarities whatsoever in the respective storylines. Treemonisha takes place in a rural setting on a plantation in Arkansas, Porgy and Bess in an urban environment--Charleston, South Carolina in the 1930s... etc. etc.

usopera.com

Dpbsmith 20:26, 25 August 2007 (EDT)

Gershwin only wrote the music to a libretto and lyrics by DuBose Heyward. Gershwin wrote for what he was given. The song is not a serious song and it is sung by one of the two villains in the play. If there had been a hymn to Jesus he would have written the music for that too, although he was Jewish. To tar an American icon with the brush of liberalism for this is petty. I am deleting the "Liberals" tag.AlanE 20:49, 14 July 2012 (EDT)
I stand corrected, thank you for correcting that. CameronD 14:18, 15 July 2012 (EDT)
Thanks for that, Cameron. AlanE 14:43, 15 July 2012 (EDT)
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