Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)
Biography template: George Gershwin Biography (Created by Visual Paradigm Online's Biography maker)

George Gershwin Biography

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George Gershwin

Basic Information of George Gershwin

Birth Date: July 11, 1937 (aged 38)

Occupation: Composer | Pianist Nationality: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

About Gershwin

George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned popular, jazz 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 standards "Embraceable You" (1928) and "I Got Rhythm" (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935), which included the hit "Summertime"

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Music Style & Influence

Gershwin was influenced by French composers of the early twentieth century. In turn Maurice Ravel was impressed with Gershwin's abilities, commenting, "Personally I find jazz most interesting: the rhythms, the way the melodies are handled, the melodies themselves. I have heard of George Gershwin's works and I find them intriguing."[ The orchestrations in Gershwin's symphonic works often seem similar to those of Ravel; likewise, Ravel's two piano concertos evince an influence of Gershwin.

George Gershwin asked to study with Ravel. When Ravel heard how much Gershwin earned, Ravel replied with words to the effect of, "You should give me lessons." (Some versions of this story feature Igor Stravinsky rather than Ravel as the composer; however Stravinsky confirmed that he originally heard the story from Ravel.) Gershwin's own Concerto in F was criticized for being related to the work of Claude Debussy, more so than to the expected jazz style. The comparison did not deter him from continuing to explore French styles. The title of An American in Paris reflects the very journey that he had consciously taken as a composer: "The opening part will be developed in typical French style, in the manner of Debussy and Les Six, though the tunes are original."

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