George Gershwin Biography (Wikipedia)
George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928) as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).
Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell and Joseph Brody. He began his career as a song plugger, but soon started composing Broadway theatre works with his brother Ira Gershwin, and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris intending to study with Nadia Boulanger, who refused him, where he began to compose An American in Paris. After returning to New York City, he wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and the author DuBose Heyward. Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century.
Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937 from a malignant brain tumor-- glioblastoma multiforme.
- Gershwin: Overture Rhapsody in Blue (extract)http://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nwwxs.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p03nwwxs.jpg2016-04-18T11:00:00.000ZPreview of music performed at the BBC Promshttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p03nwx1m
Gershwin: Overture Rhapsody in Blue (extract)
- Gershwin: An American in Parishttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sjh5w.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sjh5w.jpg2014-07-09T14:42:00.000ZProms Music Guide: Andrew McGregor on Gershwin's An American in Parishttp://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022hly8
Gershwin: An American in Paris
- Gershwin: Strike Up the Bandhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4shr.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01s4shr.jpg2014-07-09T14:31:00.000ZIn this Proms Music Guide, Sarah Walker talks about Gershwin's Strike Up the Band.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p022hlns
Gershwin: Strike Up the Band
- George Gershwinhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021bbc9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021bbc9.jpg2014-06-20T13:35:00.000ZAn overview of some of George Gershwin's greatest works.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p021bbjk
- George Gershwinhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021b9yt.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p021b9yt.jpg2014-06-20T13:21:00.000ZDonald Macleod explores the life and work of George Gershwin.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p021bb00
- Gershwin: Piano Concertohttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zvrhw.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01zvrhw.jpg2014-05-27T15:36:00.000ZCharles Hazlewood and pianist, Joanna MacGregor explore Gershwin's work.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zvrj5
Gershwin: Piano Concerto
- Theme and Variationshttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sxtxl.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01sxtxl.jpg2014-05-27T13:07:00.000ZCharles Hazlewood examines Theme and Variations in music.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01zvfz4
Theme and Variations
- Gershwin: Rhapsody In Bluehttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w13q5.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01w13q5.jpg2014-03-21T17:11:00.000ZHoward Goodall and Suzy Klein discuss Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01w13qk
Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue
- Gershwin: Piano Concerto in Fhttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vscr9.jpghttp://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p01vscr9.jpg2014-03-19T17:25:00.000ZGeoffrey Smith provides a personal recommendation from available recordings of Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F.http://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p01vscsh
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
George Gershwin Performances