George Gershwin
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1898-09-26
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George Gershwin

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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 ...

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Biography

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).

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Fascinating Rhythm
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Fascinating Rhythm
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Three Preludes: No.1 Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
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Three Preludes: No.1 Allegro ben ritmato e deciso
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Love Walked In (arranged by Percy Grainger)
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Love Walked In (arranged by Percy Grainger)
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Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz-band version)
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Rhapsody in Blue (original jazz-band version)
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Rhapsody in Blue arr. Lundin for piano and string quintet
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Rhapsody in Blue arr. Lundin for piano and string quintet
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Lullaby for string quartet
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Lullaby for string quartet
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Variations on 'I got rhythm' (feat. Alexis Weissenberg)
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Variations on 'I got rhythm' (feat. Alexis Weissenberg)
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Variations on 'I got rhythm' for piano and orchestra
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Variations on 'I got rhythm' for piano and orchestra
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Piano Concerto in F major
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Piano Concerto in F major
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, I got rhythm [from 'Girl crazy']
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, I got rhythm [from 'Girl crazy']
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3 Preludes for piano (1926)
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3 Preludes for piano (1926)
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An American In Paris
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An American In Paris
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Porgy and Bess - Act 2 sc.2; It ain't necessarily so
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Porgy and Bess - Act 2 sc.2; It ain't necessarily so
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, Swanee [from 'Capitol revue']
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, Swanee [from 'Capitol revue']
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Summertime
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Summertime
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But not for me
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But not for me
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, Somebody loves me
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The George Gershwin song-book for piano, Somebody loves me
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3 Preludes for piano transc. Yo-Yo Ma for cello and piano
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3 Preludes for piano transc. Yo-Yo Ma for cello and piano
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Prelude No. 1, from 3 Preludes for piano
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Prelude No. 1, from 3 Preludes for piano
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Concerto in F major for piano and orchestra
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Concerto in F major for piano and orchestra
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Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (transcribed for solo piano)
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Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue (transcribed for solo piano)
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But Not for Me
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But Not for Me
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Someone to Watch Over Me, sung by Louise Dearman
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Someone to Watch Over Me, sung by Louise Dearman
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3 Preludes for piano
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3 Preludes for piano
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An American in Paris (excerpt) arr. Villard for clarinet and orchestra
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An American in Paris (excerpt) arr. Villard for clarinet and orchestra
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Piano Concerto in F major
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Piano Concerto in F major
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George Gershwin Biography

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 and Henry Cowell. 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 to study with Nadia Boulanger, 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 brain tumor.

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