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More Stories from the American Songbook

George and Ira Gershwin

Afternoon Course

Wednesday, November 1, 2023 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
Code: 1K0404
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Cover of the original sheet music of "The Man I Love"

Explore more wonderful songs from the golden age of the Great American Songbook, and the stories behind their long and unexpected lives. This season, each session takes up the work of a famous songwriting team and some of their forever-familiar songs, where daydreams and romance, razzle-dazzle, and all our “where and whens” still live.

Combining a lively lecture with a wide variety of film clips, filmmaker and cultural historian Sara Lukinson traces how these favorite songs came to be and how different artists, unexpected arrangements, and changing times transformed them into something new but still the same.

Lukinson, who has won three Emmys and seven Writer’s Guild Awards, now teaches at NYU and the 92nd Street Y. Her personal essays have appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, and Intima: A Journal of Narrative Medicine.

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George and Ira Gershwin  

The two brothers, one a poet, the other a musical genius, were devoted to one another and each song they created. Bringing a revolutionary freshness in music and language to their songs, they wrote many of the first and greatest masterpieces of the American Songbook: “The Man I Love,” “I Got Rhythm,” “But Not For Me,” “Someone to Watch over Me.”

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