Swanee (Gershwin, George)

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Performances

Recordings

Composer Improvisations

 Piano roll recording
#179639 - 2.11MB - 2:18 -  7.8/10 2 4 6 8 10 (8) - - V/C/V - 2190x

MP3 file (audio)
Guifré (2012/2/18)

Performer Pages:

George Gershwin (piano)

Publisher Info.:

New York: Duo-Art, No.1649, 1920.

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Impromptu improvisation, with quote from Winner's Listen to the Mocking Bird.
Not to be confused with the short transcription form George Gershwin's Songbook.

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Composer Improvisations

 Piano roll recording
#301211 - 0.02MB - 2:12 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - !N/!C/!N - 62x

MID file (audio/video)
Guifré (2013/10/31)

Performers:

George Gershwin (piano)

Publisher Info.:

New York: Duo-Art, No.1649, 1920.

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

MIDI transcription of the original piano roll.
Impromptu improvisation, with quote from Winner's Listen to the Mocking Bird.
Not to be confused with the short transcription form George Gershwin's Songbook.

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Sheet Music

Scores

Icon US-flag.png Complete Score PDF file, Scanned by Unknown   
4 (#2-5) pages, 0.40 MB Uploader: Guifre (18 July 2011)   
Editor:

First edition (reprint)

Language:

English

Publisher Info.:

New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, 1919. Plate 5935.

Reprinted:

n.d. (1920 or later)

Copyright:

This file is public domain in the USA only!
It is not PD in Canada, the EU or elsewhere.

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 Color Cover
#109743 - 0.09MB, 1 pp. -  4.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (1) - V/V/C - 1529x

PDF scanned by Unknown
Guifré (2011/7/18)

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Editor:

First edition

Publisher Info.:

New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter, 1919. Plate 5935.

Reprinted:

n.d. (1920 or later)

Copyright:

Public Domain [tag/del]

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

See: George Gershwin's Songbook
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General Information

Work Title Swanee
Alternative Title
Composer Gershwin, George
Key F minor/major
Movements/Sections 1
Year/Date of Composition 1919
First Performance 1919-10 in New York: Capitol Theater
First Publication 1919 – New York: T.B. Harms & Francis, Day & Hunter
Additional Copyright Info While instrumental arrangements of this song are eligible for upload here, items
containing text by Irving Caesar (1895-1996) cannot be uploaded as his work will
remain under copyright in Canada until
January 1, 2047.
Librettist Irving Caesar (1895-1996)
Language English
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voice, piano
External Links Wikipedia article
Extra Information The song was written for a New York City revue called "Demi-Tasse", which opened in October 1919 in the Capitol Theater. The song had little impact in its first show, but not long afterwards Gershwin played it at a party where Al Jolson heard it. Jolson then put it into his show Sinbad, already a success at the Winter Garden Theatre, and recorded it for Columbia Records in January 1920. Gershwhin himself made several piano roll recordings of the song. Possibly orchestrated, but by somebody other than the composer.
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