The Great George Gershwin
was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1898 and died in Hollywood, California
in 1937. His Jewish family migrated from Russia and settled in the
United States around 1893.
piano lessons came to Gershwin from Charles Hambitzer (1913), while
Edward Kilenyi gave George harmony
and theory tutoring. He wrote La La Lucille, his first musical for
Broadway in the year 1919. Swanee was his first huge hit song.
marked the birth of Rhapsody in Blue (for piano and orchestra) and
cemented Gershwin’s gift for incorporating jazz into concert
works. These larger concert works, along with songs, musicals and
film scores were all part of Gershwin’s composition repertoire.
As for lyrics, they were often created by his elder brother, Ira.
Amazing Gershwin Fact
was one of the most melodically gifted composers of all time, yet
he always trying to improve himself as a composer. He constantly
strived to learn, taking lessons from the likes of Henry Cowell
and Joseph Schillinger.