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George Gershwin:
About George Gershwin

George Gershwin was an American composer who combined classical music and jazz to create his own unique style. Gershwin wrote music for Broadway shows, movies, the concert hall, and opera. One of the people he liked to work with was his brother Ira, who wrote wonderful lyrics (words) for George Gershwin's songs.

Music heard in this episode:
Gershwin: Prelude #1
Gershwin: Sweet and Lowdown
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue
Gershwin: Letís Call the Whole Thing Off
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm
Gershwin: I Got Rhythm Variations
Gershwin: An American in Paris
Gershwin: Piano Concerto in F
Gershwin: Porgy and Bess: Summertime

Other shows about George Gershwin:
What is a Rhapsody?
Rhapsody in Blue
Jazz in Classical Music

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About George Gershwin
9/26/1898 - 7/11/1937
Born in America

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York. He taught himself to play the piano at a friend's house by following how the keys moved on a player piano. When the Gershwins finally got their own piano, George surprised everyone by sitting down and playing the songs he had learned by himself.

George liked to compose both classical and popular music, and found a unique way to combine the two. He composed his most famous work, Rhapsody in Blue, in 1924, the same year he also had a hit show on Broadway. Gershwin also wrote the opera Porgy and Bess. He is considered one of the greatest American composers.

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This Week's Quiz:

1. George Gershwin was born in

New York City


San Francisco


2.What was the name of George's brother who wrote the lyrics for his songs?





3. Which of Gershwin's compositions uses a taxi horn?

Rhapsody in Blue

Porgy and Bess

American in Paris

Piano Concerto


George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue

Composed in 1924
Performed by Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava)
Richard Hayman, conductor
Kathryn Selby, piano

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