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  George Gershwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927.
Gershwin was influenced very much by French composers of the early twentieth century.
Gershwin's own Concerto in F was criticised as being strongly rooted in the work of Claude Debussy, more so than in the jazz style which was expected.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/George_Gershwin   (2518 words)

 George Gershwin: American Genius (1898-1937)
Gershwin produced serious works that were daring for their time but which today have become classics of piano, orchestral, and opera literature.
George Gershwin, named Jacob Gershovitz at his birth on September 26, 1898, was the second of four children born to Morris and Rose Gershovitz, Russian immigrants who had married in America.
George's brother Ira (older by two years) was expected to become the musician in the family, but George surprised his parents when he appropriated the piano his mother purchased for Ira when he was twelve, and George was given piano lessons as well as his brother.
www.carolinaclassical.com /gershwin   (2892 words)

 George Gershwin
George Gershwin's parents emigrated from Russia to the U.S.A in 1891.
Gershwin had traveled to Paris in the hopes of studying with the great teacher Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him saying he was fine the way he was.
George wished to capture not only the spirit of the city the work is named for but also the carefree attitudes of his fellow Americans on vacation.
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 SPECTRUM Biographies - George Gershwin
George Gershwin was born Jacob Gershwin on Sept. 26, 1898 in what is now Brooklyn, New York.
Several of Gershwin's songs were performed by the singer Al Jolson in 1918-1919, and from 1920 to 1924, he wrote many of the songs in the productions of George White's Scandals.
Although George Gershwin was a friend of Arnold Schoenberg, he was not influenced by his style of composition.
www.incwell.com /Biographies/Gershwin,George.html   (482 words)

 George Gershwin - MSN Encarta
George Gershwin (1898-1937), American composer, whose musicals and popular songs are among the finest in those genres and whose compositions in art-music forms are infused with the idioms of jazz and popular music.
Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26, 1898.
Gershwin's songs are marked by uncommon harmonic inventiveness, and he was one of the first to introduce into popular songs the rhythms and melodic twists of jazz.
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 - Classical Music Dictionary - Free MP3
George Gershwin was born Jacob Gershowitz in 1898 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of immigrant parents.
George followed his success of Rhapsody in Blue with a few more pieces for piano and orchestra, including Concerto in F, but George also engaged himself in the writing of a symphonic dance, one that was inspired by a trip to Europe.
George moved to Hollywood for the next era of his life; he and Ira wrote songs which were performed by Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, and the leading men and ladies of the silver screen.
www.karadar.it /Dictionary/gershwin.html   (534 words)

 George Gershwin
George was a great admirer of the comedian Ed Wynn and it is at this time, in honor of him, that Gershwin changed the end of his last name.
Gershwin had traveled to Paris in the hopes of studying with famed teacher Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him saying he was fine the way he was.
George and Ira followed this success with a constant flow of bright, up-tempo tunes and heartfelt ballads to became the dominant Broadway songwriters of the 1920’s.
www.unconservatory.org /celam/gershwinbio.html   (1127 words)

 Learning Center | NYC Opera
George Gershwin was born on September 26, 1898, the second of four children born to Morris and Rose Gershovitz.
George's older brother Ira was expected to be the musician in the family, but George, who at six years of age listened to a piano roll of Rubinstein's "Melodie in F," was convinced that music was for him.
Gershwin was more interested in music than intellectual pursuits, and eventually left school at fifteen to join a music publisher for $15.00 a week.
www.nycopera.com /learning/resource/biographies/gershwin_george.aspx?detect=yes   (758 words)

 George Gershwin
George Gershwin was born Jacob Gershowitz into a family of Russian immigrants in Brooklyn, New York on September 26, 1898.
George was interested in music at an early age and always knew he wanted a career in music.
George Gershwin was one of the first composers to combine these different areas of music and infuse them together to make a classical/ jazz sound.
www.music.vt.edu /musicdictionary/appendix/Composers/G/GeorgeGershwin.html   (437 words)

 George Gershwin and the Rhapsody in Blue, Classical Notes, Peter Gutmann
Gershwin began to dabble in composition and moonlighted as a vocal accompanist.
Gershwin later recalled that he formed the concept of the piece on the way to Boston, inspired in part by the rhythmic noises of the train ride.
Gershwin's understanding with Whiteman was that he would nod to him when his solos were over and the next orchestral portion was to begin.
www.classicalnotes.net /features/gershwin.html   (3232 words)

 The Library's Gershwin Collection
George Gershwin of Brooklyn, N.Y., alone and with his brother, Ira, wrote many of the finest American popular songs and orchestral pieces.
As well, there are programs, posters, scores from George's music library, the drafts and printer's galleys of Ira's Lyrics on Several Occasions, scripts for radio broadcasts, other biographical texts and the Congressional Gold Medals that were struck in honor of the brothers Gershwin and their contribution to American life and culture.
Early on, he recognized the importance of George's music and its preservation for future generations, but, with characteristic modesty, he was slow to be convinced of the significance of his own papers.
www.loc.gov /loc/lcib/9809/gershwin.html   (1393 words)

 George Gershwin Biography
George Gershwin was a very different kind of composer.
George Gershwin only composed 3 preludes, but they are very high quality and jazzy sounding.
The left hand may have a pattern that is not typical of a piano piece, however the preludes of George Gershwin are nevertheless valued by pianists.
www.recordhall.com /george-gershwin-biography.html   (289 words)

 George Gershwin
George Gershwin and his older brother, Ira, elevated the Broadway musical to new and distinctive heights.
Gershwin was the son of Morris and Rosa, nee Bruskin, Gershwin.
Gershwin felt that all modern jazz was built upon the rhythms and melodic turns and twists that came directly from Africa.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/biography/gershwin.html   (573 words)

 Classical Net - Gershwin - Biography
Gershwin represented all this, of course, and so much more: his serious compositions, which confounded the critics at first performances, remain highly popular in the concert repertoire, and his stage and film songs continue to be jazz and vocal standards.
George Gershwin (named Jacob Gershovitz at his birth September 26, 1898) was the second of four children born to Morris and Rose Gershovitz, Russians who had immigrated to New York and married in America.
Gershwin admired Irving Berlin, and among his earliest musical heroes were Liszt and the great pianists then playing in New York, artists such as Josef Lhevinne, Josef Hoffmann, and composer-pianist Ferrucio Busoni.
www.classical.net /music/comp.lst/articles/gershwin/biography.html   (979 words)

 George Gershwin - The Guide to Musical Theatre
George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, September 26, 1898.
But it was George and his older brother, Ira, who became the dominant Broadway songwriters to emerge during the 20s, creating a ceaseless flow of brisk, infectious rhythms and affectingly poignant ballads.
Gershwin, fascinated by the DuBose Heyward novel Porgy, recognised it as a perfect vehicle for opera using jazz and blues rhythms and idioms.
www.nodanw.com /biographies/gershwin_george.htm   (603 words)

 ArtsAlive.ca - Music : Great Composers
Gershwin had become a wealthy man. He had a 14-room duplex, with a gymnasium, an artist's studio and space for his own paintings and art collection.
In July of 1937, George collapsed in a washroom and was rushed to the hospital.
George Gershwin's funeral was held at Temple Eman-El in New York City.
www.artsalive.ca /en/mus/greatcomposers/gershwin.html   (1378 words)

 George Gershwin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Hailed as “America’s greatest composer,”; George Gershwin was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants.
Gershwin began his music career in “Tin Pan Alley,” a place in New York City in which aspiring composers could attempt to sell their scores to a publisher.
George forgot about the commission until he saw a poster advertising an exciting new piece by himself to be premiered at the concert.
www.ptloma.edu /music/MUH/composers/gershwin.htm   (944 words)

 VH1.com : George Gershwin : Biography
Gershwin wrote both complete scores and songs for such variety shoes as George White's Scandals (whose annual editions thus were able to introduce such songs as "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "Somebody Loves Me").
By the '30s, the Gershwins had turned to political topics and satire in response to the onset of the Depression, and their Of Thee I Sing became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize.
The Gershwins had moved to Hollywood and were engaged in several movie projects at the time of George Gershwin's death.
www.vh1.com /artists/az/gershwin_george/bio.jhtml   (324 words)

 George Gershwin: New Perspectives   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Peyser's biography, The Memory of All That: The Life of George Gershwin, is a slightly revised and thoroughly repackaged version of her 1993 book.
Greenberg writes intelligently about the attitude toward Blacks in the opera as well as how Gershwin's music is and is not "jazz." For those interested in a brief portrait of Gershwin and an intelligent, well-focused discussion of the musical controversies surrounding him, this is a fine book and a good read.
Gershwin imagined being a world-renown popular songwriter and a world-renown classical composer, and he attempted just that.
www.pitt.edu /~atteberr/jazz/articles/Gershwinomnibus.html   (998 words)

 George Gershwin's Biography
"Gershwin was not only a creator of the golden age of American musical theater but also a successful composer of music for the concert hall, beginning with the triumphant premiere of Rhapsody in Blue in 1924.
"Gershwin was outgoing, a sportsman, an art collector and amateur painter and irresistible to women; he was also wealthy, from royalties, concert fees, and his weekly radio show.
There are three main sections and a coda; the extended piano solos in the main sections reflect Gershwin's own dazzling pianism and his genius as an improviser.
www.geocities.com /Heartland/Fields/8616/composerfiles/gershwin.html   (491 words)

 Judaic Treasures of the Library of Congress: George Gershwin
Early in life, George Gershwin (1898-1937) frequented the Yiddish theaters on Second Avenue in New York's Lower East Side and was much taken with the music of Joseph Rumshisky.
Among Gershwin's papers is a copy of part of the original manuscript of the song and on the page where Kreisler is mentioned, the violinist signed, "with kindest regards of Fritz Kreisler." Accompanying it is a signed photograph of the virtuoso with his famed violin.
One of George Gershwin's early jobs was transcribing the music of the songs Irving Berlin was composing, a craft that America's leading writer of popular songs never mastered.
www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org /jsource/loc/Gershwin.html   (512 words)

 American Masters . George Gershwin | PBS
eorge Gershwin was born in Brooklyn in 1898, the second of four children from a close-knit immigrant family.
Over the course of the next four years, Gershwin wrote forty-five songs; among them were "Somebody Loves Me" and "Stairway to Paradise," as well as a twenty-five-minute opera, "Blue Monday." Composed in five days, the piece contained many musical clichés, but it also offered hints of developments to come.
Gershwin followed this success with his orchestral work "Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody No. 2" and "An American in Paris".
www.pbs.org /wnet/americanmasters/database/gershwin_g.html   (570 words)

 Gershwin, George on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Gershwin wrote some of the most original and popular musical works produced in the United States.
The "rhymed conversation" that he wrote to his brother's music includes the words for "But Not for Me," "Fascinating Rhythm," "I've Got a Crush on You," and "'S Wonderful." After George Gershwin's death, Ira collaborated with such composers as Kurt Weill, Jerome Kern, and Harold Arlen.
Embraceable Gershwin; By George, it's the 100th birthday of America's dominant composer.
www.encyclopedia.com /html/g/gershwin.asp   (458 words)

 Brother Can You Spare A Rhyme: The Story of George and Ira Gershwin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
George Gershwin, alone and with his brother Ira, wrote many of the finest American popular songs and orchestral pieces.
George Gershwin rose from his modest musical beginnings as a teenage "song plugger" on Tin Pan Alley to become one of America’s foremost popular composers.
George Gershwin often said he simply "trapped tunes" as they floated around in the air.
www.riverwalk.org /proglist/showpromo/brother_can_you.htm   (924 words)

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