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Jacob Gershvin, George Gershwin's real name according to his birth registry, began his music career when he was 16 years old by playing piano in music stores to demonstrate new popular songs. He later studied piano with Ernest Hutcheson and Charles Hambitzer in New York and studied harmony with Edward Kilenyi and with Rubin Goldmark. Gershwin was an almost immediate success with his song "Swanee." Gershwin also studied counterpoint with Henry Cowell and with Joseph Schillinger. Schillinger's influence can be seen in many of Gershwin's pieces, particularly in Porgy and Bess, an opera written for black singers using African American musical styles. Rhapsody in Blue, for piano and jazz orchestra, is another ground-breaking piece, incorporating jazz and blues sources and idioms in the classical concerto style. His song "I Got Rhythm" has been performed thousands of times in hundreds of ways by jazz musicians. His brother, Ira, wrote the lyrics for many of his songs. His melodic talent and genius for rhythmic invention are what made Gershwin an important American composer. He died at the age of 38 of a gliomatous cyst in the brain. Every year on the anniversary of his death, Lewisohn Stadium in New York holds a memorial concert. (Bowker Author Biography)
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An American in Paris [1951 film] (Composer) 219 copies, 4 reviews
Rhapsody in Blue [sheet music] (Composer) 116 copies, 3 reviews
Porgy And Bess 52 copies
Of Thee I Sing (Composer) 44 copies, 1 review
Rhapsody in Blue [sound recording] (Composer; Composer) 37 copies, 2 reviews
Concerto in F 10 copies
Oh, Kay! [CD] 9 copies
I Got Rhythm 8 copies
Rhapsody in Blue [1945 film] (Composer) 5 copies
Girl Crazy [sound recording] (Composer) 5 copies
Three Preludes 3 copies, 1 review
Fantasia 2 copies
Bess, You is my Woman 2 copies, 1 review
3 My man's Gone Now 2 copies, 2 reviews
11 I loves you, Porgy 1 copy, 1 review
Compositores 1 copy, 1 review
Track 35. Prelude No. 1 1 copy, 1 review
By Strauss 1 copy
Novelette in Fourths 1 copy, 1 review
That Certain Feeling 1 copy, 1 review
Sweet and Lowdown 1 copy, 1 review
Lullaby 1 copy, 1 review
So Am I 1 copy, 1 review
Swanee 1 copy, 1 review
Idle Dreams 1 copy, 1 review
Kickin' the Clouds Away 1 copy, 1 review
Scandal Walk 1 copy, 1 review
1 Overture and Summertime 1 copy, 1 review
6 Buzzard Song 1 copy, 1 review
8 it ain't necessarily so 1 copy, 1 review
what you want wid bess? 1 copy, 1 review
12 the requiem 1 copy, 1 review
Fantasia [1940 film] 423 copies, 4 reviews
Fantasia 2000 [1999 film] (Composer) 238 copies, 1 review
Funny Face [1957 film] (Composer) 208 copies, 5 reviews
Summertime 105 copies, 7 reviews
Ten Great Musicals of the American Theatre (Contributor) 77 copies, 2 reviews
Shall We Dance? [1937 film] (Composer) 67 copies, 1 review
My Favorite Things (Songwriter) 53 copies, 1 review
The Age of Consent [1984 album] (Songwriter) 21 copies
A Swingin' Affair! (Songwriter) 14 copies
Girl Crazy [1943 film] (Composer) 7 copies
Previn Plays Gershwin (Composer) 6 copies
37 Favorites for Dancing (Composer) 2 copies
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