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Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Mark Allan Clague (Project Director: December 2015 to September 2016)
Jessica Getman (Project Director: September 2016 to August 2022)

Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$250,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2016 – 8/31/2019

The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores of works by George and Ira Gershwin. See website at

The music of George and Ira Gershwin was created in regions between—between concert hall and club, past and present, black and white, cosmopolitan and vernacular—as a direct expression of day-to-day life in 1920s Manhattan. While Ira’s words captured the changing dynamics of social life, George mixed African American and Jewish music with the models of the concert hall and Broadway to create a revelatory sonic alloy of American culture. Working under sanction of the Gershwin estates, the University of Michigan proposes a first-ever George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition, a scholarly series of all the music of the Gershwin brothers, works created together and in tandem with others. This project will make available—for the first time—accurate musical scores and performance materials for works such as Porgy and Bess, An American in Paris, and Rhapsody in Blue, redressing a longstanding bias against popular culture to preserve the legacy of two beloved and influential musical artists.