By Strauss

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"By Strauss" is a 1936 song composed by George Gershwin, with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It pays homage to the music of Johann Strauss, Sr. and Johann Strauss, Jr..

Lyrics[edit]

The singer sings how he doesn't like Broadway, Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern, Cole Porter and - in a case of self-mockery - George Gershwin. Instead he wants to dance to waltzes by father and son Strauss. The lyrics namedrop three of Strauss's best known compositions, namely An der schönen blauen Donau ("Let the Danube flow along"), Die Fledermaus ("and the Fledermaus") and Wein, Weib und Gesang ("Keep the wine and give me song").

History[edit]

Performed by the Gershwins at private parties, Vincente Minnelli included it in his 1936 revue The Show is On, where it was introduced by Gracie Barrie and Robert Shafter. It was then performed by Gene Kelly and Oscar Levant in Minnelli's 1951 film An American in Paris. The song was also featured in the musical Nice Work If You Can Get It, performed by the character Estonia Dulworth in a counterpoint with a reprise of "Sweet and Lowdown".

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