George Gershwin

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George Jacob Gershwin (/ˈɡɜːrʃ.wɪn/; 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's compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations. Many celebrated singers and musicians have covered his songs.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1921 Drifting Along With the Tide George Gershwin 1
1924 Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin; Paul Whiteman and His Concert Orchestra 1
1925 Kickin’ the Clouds Away George Gershwin 1
1925 So Am I George Gershwin 1
1925 Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 2
1926 Sweet and Low Down George Gershwin 1
1926 That Certain Feeling George Gershwin 1
1933 An American in Paris George Gershwin; Frank Milne 2

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
New York Philharmonics: Selections George Gershwin 1
Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris George Gershwin 1
Porgy and Bess George Gershwin 1
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1
Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin 1
Rhapsody In Blue + An American In Paris George Gershwin 1
Virtuoso Piano Music George Gershwin 1

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