He grew up in New York City and his precocious talent for music started early on a piano bought for his older brother Ira. After attending New York City public schools, he dropped out of high school to become a musician. At the age of 16 he worked as a song plugger for a Tin Pan Alley publisher and soon after he was hired as the rehearsal pianist for a new musical Miss by Jerome Kern and Victor Herbert. By , he had a huge hit song of his own, "Swanee" with a lyric by Irving Caesar. Al Jolson sang it in a show called Sinbad and the song took off, selling more than a million copies of sheet music and more than two million phonograph recordings. And from there on, he moved from success to success, producing a catalog of over a thousand songs, most of which have achieved status as standards in American Popular song.
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American composer George Gershwin was eminently successful in popular music, as well as in the classical field with several concert works and an opera that have become standards in the contemporary repertory. George Gershwin played a prominent role in one of the most colorful eras of American popular music: the so-called age of Tin Pan Alley — roughly — when popular music became big business. The musical theater and the private parlor rang with the sounds of ragtime, romantic ballads, and comedy songs. Talented composers such as Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern, among dozens of lesser figures, fed this lucrative music-making machine and flourished. He began writing his own songs about this time mostly with lyricist Irving Caesar , none of which his employer was interested in publishing. Gershwin also began to get a few songs set into current musical shows, a common practice of the day. By he had shown enough promise to be hired by Harms, Inc. The composer died of a brain tumor in Beverly Hills, Calif.
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George Gershwin is one of the most important American composers of the 20th century. Eventually, he followed the example of his role model, Irving Berlin, and started composing his own music. Gershwin is known as a major jazz innovator, and Amy C. The term does not appear in the title of any of his works. It is really a conglomeration of many things … Ragtime, the blues, classicist and spiritual … An entire composition in jazz could not live. His career highlights the evolution of a very personal songwriting style. This article attempts to retrace the steps of such an artistic evolution via six of his best-known compositions. Within a year, the song had topped sheet music-sales of a million copies, bringing celebrity and riches to both Gershwin and Caesar — not bad for a song that was apparently written in ten minutes and completed in an hour. At 25, Gershwin wrote what is arguably his most famous work: Rhapsody in Blue. Thus, as he claimed, he hastily put together most of Rhapsody in Blue while on a train from New York to Boston, where he was traveling for the premiere a new musical of his.
This is a list of compositions by George Gershwin , a Broadway songwriter and a classical composer. His works are grouped thematically in this list, and in chronological order according to the dates of compositions in the same group. Note: All works are musicals produced on Broadway unless specified otherwise. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikipedia list article. This article needs additional citations for verification.