Gershwin, George

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

Major Works:

An American in Paris (1925)
Rhapsody in Blue (1924 - orchestrated by Ferde Grofe)
The opera Porgy and Bess

Other Information:

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.

General Bibliography:

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

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