Oh, Kay! (Gershwin, George)

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Composer Improvisations

4-disc Recordings

 Maybe (EU)
#179756 - 3.01MB - 3:13 -  0.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (0) - - V/N/V - 725x

MP3 file (audio)
Guifré (2012/2/19)

 Someone to Watch over Me (Fox-trot) (EU)
#179757 - 2.96MB - 3:09 -  5.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (4) - - V/N/V - 2811x

MP3 file (audio)
Guifré (2012/2/19)

 Do Do Do (Fox-trot) (EU)
#179758 - 2.89MB - 3:05 -  5.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - V/N/V - 560x

MP3 file (audio)
Guifré (2012/2/19)

 Clap yo' Hands (Fox-trot) (EU)
#179759 - 2.59MB - 2:45 -  5.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (3) - - V/N/V - 588x

MP3 file (audio)
Guifré (2012/2/19)

Performer Pages:

George Gershwin (piano)

Publisher Info.:

New York: Columbia - VivaTonal, 809-D, 810-D, 811-D, 812-D. 1926.


Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Impropmptu improvisations.
Not to be confused with the short transcriptions form George Gershwin's Songbook.


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General Information

Work Title Oh, Kay!
Alternative Title
Composer Gershwin, George
Movements/Sections 15 musical numbers in 2 acts
  • Act I
1. Overture
2. The Moon is on the Sea
3. When our Ship Comes Sailing In
4. Don't Ask
5. Someone to Watch over Me
6. The Woman's Touch
7. Dear Little Girl
8. Maybe
9. Clap Yo' Hands
10. Do, Do, Do
  • Act II
11. Bride and Groom
12. Ain't it Romantic
13. Fidgety Feet
14. Heaven on Earth
15. Someone to Watch over Me (reprise)
16. Oh, Kay!
Year/Date of Composition 1926
First Performance 1926-11-08 in New York, Imperial Theatre
First Publication 1926
Copyright Information Although purely instrumental selections and arrangements are permitted for this piece items
containing any text by the author(s) listed below cannot be added to the main server until
January 1, 2034. Texts first published before 1923 or otherwise free in the US can be added to the USA server only.
Librettist Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), lyrics
Guy Bolton (1884-1979) and P.G. Wodehouse (1881-1975)
, scenario
after La Presidente by Maurice Hanniquin and Pierre Veber (1869–1942)
Language English
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Voices, chorus and orchestra
External Links Wikipedia article
Internet Broadway Database
Oh, Kay! - scores at Sheet Music Plus
Extra Information Originally composed for voices and piano, then orchestrated by others

Misc. Comments

Discography. Songs recorded by Gershwin himself at the piano (free transriptions, not the ones in George Gershwin's Songbook)
  • Someone to Watch over Me
Disc recording, August 1926
  • Maybe
Disc recording, November 1926
  • Clap Yo' Hands
    • Disc recording, December 1926
  • Do, Do, Do
Disc recording, November 1926

[Maybe incomplete]

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