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George Gershwin (1898 - 1937)
1. Monday: New York
Monday 11 October 2004 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)
Repeated: Monday 18 October 2004 0:00-1:00 (Radio 3)
At the beginning of the 21st century George Gershwin remains one of the most popular composers the United States has ever produced. His music has universal appeal and his orchestral works are regularly played in concert halls the world over. Unlike many composers, there was no starving in a garret for Gershwin. Fame and success came early on in his lifetime. His parents were emigres from Russia, who arrived in New York by boat in the 1890s. By 1919, aged twenty, Gershwin had already produced his first million seller hit, a song called Swanee. Taken up by Al Jolson and put into his own revue Sinbad, the song brought the house down, and the young composer's career took off.
Playlist - Composer of the Week - Gershwin
There’s a boat that’s leavin for New York (Porgy and Bess)