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Extractions: Since I Found You and Ragging the Traumerei . These were rough in style but demonstrated a merge between the two forms. Gershwin greatly admired the songs of Irving Berlin, and among his earliest musical heroes were Franz Liszt and the great pianists who were then appearing in New York, such as Josef Lhevinne, Josef Hoffmann, and composer-pianist Ferrucio Busoni. In July 1917, Gershwin began working as the rehearsal pianist for a Broadway show by Jerome Kern and Victor Herbert: Miss 1917 . After the show opened in November at the Century Theater, Gershwin stayed on as the organizer of and accompanist for a series of popular concerts held there on Sunday evenings. His talent as a composer began to be noticed by influential people. Although he had previously published little, in early 1918 Max Dreyfus, the head of Harms Publishing Company, offered him a weekly salary for the rights to any songs he might compose in the future. Before the year was out, three Broadway shows carried songs by Gershwin. Soon afterwards, in collaboration with Arthur L. Jackson and Buddy De Sylva, Gershwin composed his first full Broadway score: La La Lucille , which opened on Broadway in May 1919. Before he had reached his 21st birthday, Gershwin was known, not only as an outstanding pianist, but he could also claim the composition of a Broadway show to his credit, several songs in print, and a steady income from a well-known publisher for his future works.
Extractions: Entries Publication Data Advisory Board Contributors ... World Civilizations The Reader's Companion to American History , songwriter, pianist, and composer. Although best known as a composer of popular songs, Gershwin (born Jacob Gershvin) also wrote music for orchestra, piano, and the musical theater. After early piano study in his native Brooklyn, he left high school to become a song plugger for Jerome H. Remick and Co., a Tin Pan Alley publishing company. He soon began writing his own songs, and his first full-scale Broadway revue, La La Lucille, opened in May of 1919. Between 1920 and 1924, Gershwin composed five of the George White's Scandals revues. In 1920, Al Jolson's recording of "Swanee," the composer's first hit, established Gershwin as a popular songwriter. Gershwin's interest in both romantic and modern music, along with his skill as a composer in popular genres, contributed to his development of a symphonic jazz style in the 1920s and to his later use of African-American music on the operatic stage. On November 1, 1923, Gershwin accompanied soprano Eva Gauthier in a concert of vocal music that ranged from Purcell to Hindemith and also included some of his own songs. Critics praised his pianistic technique and the sophisticated arrangements of popular songs. In 1924, the premiere of Gershwin's
Extractions: American composer who brought jazz idiom to classical music forms in his orchestral works, such as Rhapsody in Blue (1924), and composed the scores for many musical comedies. His collaborations with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin (1896â1983), include the opera Porgy and Bess Encyclopedia Gershwin, George gÅrsh wÄn ) , 1898â1937, American composer, b. Brooklyn, N.Y., as Jacob Gershwin. Gershwin wrote some of the most original and popular musical works produced in the United States. Although he studied harmony with Rubin Goldmark (see under Goldmark, Karl ), he received most of his musical training in Tin Pan Alley, playing the piano for a publisher of popular music. He first achieved wide success with his song âSwanee.â In addition to a great number of songs, he wrote the scores for several musicals, including George White's Scandals Lady, Be Good!
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Extractions: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org George Gershwin "Popular songs and musical comedies as well jazz-flavored orchestral works and opera won international fame for the American composer George Gershwin (1898-1937). His parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants, and he grew up on the lower east side of Manhattan. As a boy, he taught himself to play hit tunes on a neighbor's piano; when he was thirteen, he began studying with a teacher who recognized his talent and introduced him to piano works ranging from Bach to Liszt to Debussy. "At fifteen. he left school to become a pianist demonstrating new songs in the salesrooms of a music publisher; three years later, he started his won career as a songwriter, and in 1919 (at the age of twenty) he wrote La, La, Lucille , his first complete Broadway musical. The next year, his song Swanee was a tremendous hit; during the 1920s and 1930s he wrote one brilliant musical after another-including Lady, Be Good
Extractions: d Hollywood, 11 July 1937, aged thirty-eight Lullaby, for string quartet La La Lucille, musical Morris Gest Midnight Whirl, musical George White's Scandals of 1920, musical Broadway Brevities of 1920 (including song 'Swannee') A Dangerous Maid, musical George White's Scandals of 1921, musical George White's Scandals of 1922, musical Blue Monday Blues (also called 135th Street), opera Our Nell, musical The Rainbow, musical George White's Scandals of 1923, musical Rhapsody in Blue (arr Grofe), for piano and orchestra Sweet Little Devil, musical George White's Scandals of 1924, musical Primrose, musical Lady, Be Good, musical (including song 'Fascinating Rhythm') Novelettes, for violin and piano Concerto in F for piano and orchestra Tell Me More, musical Tip-Toes, musical Song of the Flame, musical Oh, Kay!, musical (including songs 'Do, Do, Do' and 'Someone to Watch Over Me') Preludes for piano Strike Up The Band, musical Funny Face, musical (including songs 'He Loves and She Loves' and 'Swonderful') An American In Paris, for orchestra
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Extractions: Jane Erb Arnold Schoenberg . He never experienced a dry spell or the composer's equivalent of writer's block, and he was equally adept at composing music to which words were added or fitting music to book and lyrics already written, as he did in Porgy and Bess. He loved nothing more than parties where he could (and did) monopolize the evening at the piano, playing and singing his own works for the friends who adored him. George Gershwin (named Jacob Gershovitz at his birth September 26, 1898) was the second of four children born to Morris and Rose Gershovitz, Russians who had immigrated to New York and married in America. George's older (by two years) brother Ira was expected to be the musician in the family but George, who had discovered music at six listening to a piano roll of Rubinstein's Melodie in F and was overwhelmed at nine hearing a friend playing the violin, appropriated the piano his mother purchased when he was twelve and he, too, was given piano lessons. In 1912 he began studying with Charles Hambitzer, undoubtedly the strongest influence on the young student, who introduced him to the music of Debussy and Ravel, the early works of Arnold Schoenberg, and the classical piano literature. Gershwin admired Irving Berlin, and among his earliest musical heroes were Liszt and the great pianists then playing in New York, artists such as Josef Lhevinne, Josef Hoffmann, and composer-pianist
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Extractions: Return to Gershwin Dances George Gershwin was an American composer, whose compositions mark the entrance of America into the serious international classical music world. His musicals and popular songs are among the finest in those genres, and his art-music compositions are infused with jazz and popular music. George Gershwin's parents emigrated from Russia to the U.S.A in 1891. He was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York, on September 26, 1898. Early on he excelled at street sports in his poor lower east side Manhattan neighborhood and had no early musical contact. His first musical exposure came when a piano was brought to the Gershowitz home for his brother, Ira. George (age 12) took an immediate interest in the instrument and began to play a popular song he had memorized from a neighbor's player piano. His parents invested in lessons for George beginning at age 13. He studied with the American composers Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Wallingford Riegger and with the Russian-born composer and theorist Joseph Schillinger. At the age of 15 Gershwin had quit school and was a pianist and "song plugger" for a Tin Pan Alley music-publishing firm, Jerome H. Remick & Company, earning $15 a week. To supplement his income, on Saturdays, Gershwin recorded piano rolls under various pseudonyms. For his efforts he received $35 for six rolls. He was a great admirer of the comedian Ed Wynn and it is at this time, in honor of him, that Gershwin changed the end of his last name.