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"On My Way"

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Description for "On My Way" Hardcover. A revelatory history of the operatic masterpiece that both made and destroyed Rouben Mamoulian, its director and unsung hero. Num Pages: 304 pages, 10 illustrations. BIC Classification: AVGC9; AVH. Category: (P) Professional & Vocational. Dimension: 242 x 163 x 26. Weight in Grams: 600.
"Bring my goat!" Porgy exclaims in the final scene of Gershwin’s opera Porgy and Bess. Bess, whom he loves, has left for New York City, and he’s determined to find her. When his request is met with astonishment—New York is a great distance from South Carolina’s Catfish Row—Porgy remains undaunted. He mounts his goat-cart and leads the community in an ecstatic finale, "Oh Lawd, I’m on my way."

Stephen Sondheim has called "Bring my goat!" "one of the most moving moments in musical theater history." For years it was assumed that DuBose Heyward—the author of the seminal novella and subsequent ... Read more

Culling new information from the recently opened Mamoulian Archives at the Library of Congress, award-winning author Joseph Horowitz shows that, more than anyone else, Mamoulian took Heyward's vignette of a regional African-American subculture and transformed it into an epic theater work, a universal parable of suffering and redemption. Part biography, part revelatory history, "On My Way" re-creates Mamoulian's visionary style on stage and screen, his collaboration with George Gershwin, and the genesis of the opera that changed the face of American musical life.

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Product Details

Format
Hardback
Publication date
2013
Publisher
WW Norton & Co United States
Number of pages
256
Condition
New
Number of Pages
304
Place of Publication
New York, United States
ISBN
9780393240139
SKU
V9780393240139
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About Joseph Horowitz
A former New York Times music critic, Joseph Horowitz is the author of ten books exploring the history of American music, including Classical Music in America and Artists in Exile –both named books of the year by the Economist. He lives in New York City.

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