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September 26, 2007

They can't take that away from me

In honor of George Gershwin's birthday today, here are a couple of anecdotes from (where else?) the Little, Brown Book of Anecdotes.

At the end of a magnificent piano recital by a Spanish virtuoso, Gershwin's companion turned to him and said enthusiastically, "Isn't he great, George?"

"Yes, he's a genius," agreed the composer. "A Spanish Gershwin."

Oscar Levant was a pianist who was a close friend of Gershwin's.

After Gershwin's death an admirer with musical aspirations wrote an elegy for him and took it to Oscar Levant. Levant reluctantly agreed to hear the piece. After the man had finished playing it, he turned to Levant, looking for his approval. "I think," said Levant, "it would have been better if you had died and Gershwin had written the elegy."

Posted by joke du jour at September 26, 2007 06:45 PM

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