George Gershwin
By: Austin,Daniel,and Shavkat

musician of the 20th century

About George Gershwin

George Gershwin was born on September 26th 1898 and died on July 11th 1937. He was an american composer and pianist. George's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known.Gershwin's compositions have been used in numerous films and on television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations. Countless singers and musicians have recorded his songs.In 1924, Gershwin composed his first major classical work.

George Gershwin has a lot of classic albums such as:


In 1919, he wrote his first large scale musical, "La La Lucille" and achieved fame and fortune with the song "Swanee".  In 1924, he composed "Rhapsody in Blue" which won tremendous international acclaim. This was music that perfectly represented the spirit of the care-free "Roaring Twenties". The "Concerto in F" and "American in Paris" followed. Throughout his career, Gershwin maintained a remarkable partnership with Ira, one of popular music's most talented lyricists.

The music of George and Ira Gershwin has long been a part of the American consciousness. The opening clarinet glissando from Rhapsody in Blue, the taxi horn theme from An American in Paris and the songs -- "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Fascinating Rhythm," and so many others -- are instantly recognizable. Even the mention of the name "Gershwin" brings to mind the glamour and sophistication of the 1920s and 1930s, personified by the brothers who helped to give a musical voice to the time.

When Composer George Gershwin crumpled in Hollywood last fortnight, doctors called it overwork. Last week, when he collapsed again they found a cystic tumor growing fast in his brain. Doctors at Hollywood's Cedars of Lebanon Hospital sent a hurry call to Dr. Walter Edward Dandy, great brain surgeon at Johns Hopkins. Gershwin sank so fast they had to operate before Dandy could get there. Next morning at 10:35 a. m., while his brother Ira watched over him, George Gershwin died.

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