George Gershwin

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George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer. He composed songs both for Broadway and for the classical concert hall.

7 April 2008
Welcome to "George Gershwin" Group, created to honor a great American composer of popular songs, Broadway scores, and for the Classical concert hall.



George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer. He composed songs both for Broadway and for the classical concert hall. He also wrote popular songs with success. He took the jazz he discovered on Tin Pan Alley into the mainstream by splicing its rhythms and tonality with that of the popular songs of his era.
In 1919 he scored his first big national hit with his song "Swanee." And in 1924, George and brother Ira Gershwin collaborated on a musical comedy, Lady Be Good. This was followed over the next few years by six musical comedies ending with Girl Crazy (1930), the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize.
In 1924, Gershwin composed his first major classical work, Rhapsody in Blue for orchestra and piano. It proved to be his most popular work.
While in Paris in 1924, he wrote An American in Paris. There are orchestral nods towards Ravel's piano concerto of the same period. His most ambitious composition was Porgy and Bess (1935). Called by Gershwin himself a "folk opera," the piece premièred in a Broadway theater and is now widely regarded as the most important American opera of the twentieth century.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Gershwin

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