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Fine and DandyThe Life and Work of Kay Swift$
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Vicki Ohl

Print publication date: 2004

Print ISBN-13: 9780300102611

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300102611.001.0001

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(p.224) Chapter 12 Finale
Fine and Dandy

Vicki Ohl

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Kay Swift's work in musical composition during the later years of her life. It explains that Swift teamed with Robert Kimball in the summer of 1980 to teach a class on American musical theater at New York University when she was already eighty-three years-old. She also transcribed, performed, and annotated George Gershwin's music until she was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 1991. Her final composition “Keep on Keepin' On” was a testament to her spirit and her optimism, her “disappointment adjustant” that enabled her to persevere.

Keywords:   musical composition, Robert Kimball, American musical theater, George Gershwin, Keep on Keepin' On, Alzheimer's disease

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