Skip to main content
George Gershwin

George Gershwin (Composer)

Born: 26th September 1898, Brooklyn, New York

Died: 11th July 1937, Los Angeles

Nationality: American

George Gershwin was an American composer, pianist and painter whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs "Swanee" (1919) and "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), the jazz standard "I Got Rhythm" (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935), which gave birth to the hit "Summertime".

Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. He began his career as a song plugger but soon started composing Broadway theater works with his brother Ira Gershwin and with Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris intending to study with Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him.

Further Reading: Gershwin

 Interview, Kirill Gerstein on The Gershwin Moment

The pianist talks to Katherine about his new album, which includes the jazz-band version of Rhapsody in Blue, the Piano Concerto in F, and song transcriptions by Earl Wild.

 Recording of the Week, Barbara Hannigan sings and conducts music by Berg, Berio, and Gershwin

Katherine listens to the Canadian soprano's bold new disc Crazy Girl Crazy, centring on Berg's Lulu.

Popular Works: Gershwin

All Works: Gershwin

Recent Best Sellers: Gershwin

  • Music for Brass Septet: 7
    CD: $9.50
    Download from $7.00
  • Stolen Pearls
    CD: $16.75
    Download from $10.00
  • I Got Rhythm
    CD: $16.25
    Download from $10.00
  • Love songs
    CD: Original price ($16.25) Reduced price $14.50
  • Stars and Stripes - An American Concert
    2 Presto CDs: $16.25
    Download from $10.00
  • Future Releases: Gershwin