Period: Early 20th Century
Born: Monday, September 26, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York (USA)
Died: Sunday, July 11, 1937 in Beverly Hills, California (USA)
Nation of Origin: United States
An American in Paris (1925)
Rhapsody in Blue (1924 - orchestrated by Ferde Grofe)
The opera Porgy and Bess
Gershwin (originally Gershovitz), became famous by combining jazz idioms with classical forms and ensembles. His music education was slight but his melodic gifts were extraordinary. His very appealing music embodies New York of the 1920s.
Slonimsky, Nicolas, Music Since 1900, Schirmer Books, July 1994, ISBN: 0028724186
Salzman, Eric, Twentieth Century Music: An Introduction, Pearson, October 2001, ISBN: 0130959413
Slonimsky, Nicolas and Kuhn, Laura; Editors, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Musicians, Gale Group, December 2000, ISBN: 0028655257
Sadie, Stanley and Tyrrell, John; Editors, The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Groves Dictionaries, Inc., January 2004, ISBN: 0195170679
Rutherford-Johnson, Tim, Kennedy, Michael, and Kennedy, Joyce The Oxford Dictionary of Music, Oxford University Press, 6th Edition, 2012, ISBN: 0199578109
Links to essays at other sites:
Please note: Each link will open in a new window.
Biographical essay from Wikipedia