George Gershwin (26.9.1898 – 11.7.1937)-He Wrote More Than 500 Songs

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn in 1898, the second of four children from a close family of immigrants.

At first he excelled in sports in his poor street east side Manhattan neighborhood, and had contact earlier music. His musical exposure came the first time a piano was brought home Gershowitz for his brother, Ira. George (12 years) had an immediate interest in the instrument and began playing a popular song from him save a neighbor’s piano. His parents invested in lessons for George from the age of 13 years. He studied with American composer Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell and Wallingford Riegger and Russian-born composer and theorist Joseph Schillinger Alley. Gershwin at the age of 15 years stopped school and was a pianist and song “killer” for a Tin Pan music-publishing company, Jerome H. Remick & Company, earning $ 15 per week. He began his musical career as a song-worker on Tin Pan Alley, but was soon writing his own songs. Gershwin’s Song first published, “When You Want Em, you can not get ‘Em,” demonstrated innovative techniques, but only earned five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a poet young man named Irving Ceaser. Together they formed a series of songs, including “Swanee,” which sold more than one million copies.

In the same year as “Swanee,” Gershwin collaborated with Arthur L. Jackson and Buddy De Sylva his first complete Broadway musical, La, La Lucille “. Over the next four years, Gershwin wrote forty-five songs, among them were “Somebody loves me” and “Stairway to Paradise”, an opera and 8:05 p.m., “Blue Monday”. Consists of five days, the piece contained many musical clichés, but it also gave indications that the developments to come.

To supplement his income, on Saturday, Gershwin recorded the piano rolls under various aliases. For his efforts he received $ 35 for six rolls. He was a great admirer of comedian Ed Wynn and is currently in his honor, that Gershwin changed his name late last year. 

Gershwin’s first song was to be published when you want ’em, do not get them when I got it, do not want him in 1916. It was successful in his 1918 song Swanee brought him fame as a composer he has established, and marked the end of his systematic study of music. Swanee was originally written for a magazine to new Capitol Theatre opened. It was not successful on this outing, but when presented by Al Jolson in Sinbad became the biggest hit of Gershwin’s entire career. 

Gershwin was one of the first to introduce folk songs and jazz rhythms, melodic twists. Among his best known songs are Man I Love, I Got Rhythm, and Someone to Watch Over Me. Lyrics for almost all his songs were written by his brother Ira, who was also his collaborator on a number of magazines and musical comedies, which included George White’s Scandals (1920 – 1924), Lady Be Good (1924) Funny Face (1927) and political satire you sing (1931), the first musical comedy to win a Pulitzer Prize. 

At the invitation of bandleader Paul Whiteman, Gershwin wrote, in less than three weeks, his Rhapsody in Blue (1924) for piano and jazz orchestra. Writing speed was due, in part, George looked a fee. It was when Ira read the newspaper future show that George’s memory was jogged. Much of the inspiration for the work came to him during a trip by train to Boston, with its steel rates, rattlety bang … Suddenly I heard – and even saw on paper – construction completerhapsody from beginning to end heard. I like a musical kaleidoscope of America – of our vast melting pot, of our unduplicated national pep, of our blues, our crazy Metropolitan. “actual music was written in a week to his return to New York. 

The first night at Aeolian Hall, New York, George himself was the piano soloist. They say he received inspiration for Gershwin piece rhythm of the rhythm of a train. Clarinet Glissando known-good starting job, was not originally conceived by Gershwin. Rather he played clarinet soloist as a joke, Gershwin liked and thus became part of the score. Ferdi Grof American composer, then a pianist and arranger for Paul Whiteman’s orchestra orchestrated Rhapsody in Blue, originally written for smaller orchestra swing. Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue success led to write several pieces for piano and orchestra, including the Concerto in F (1925). very evocative tone poem An American in Paris (1928) takes the listener to the streets of Paris in the 1920s and requires car with four horns to reflect time traffic noise. Gershwin traveled to Paris in hopes of studying with the great teacher Nadia Boulanger, but she refused saying it was better the way he was. While working drawings made in Paris, was completed on a farm in Connecticut. 

Gershwin also tried to study with Igor Stravinsky. As he approached the composer Stravinsky at a party he surprised the question “How much money do a year?” Hearing Stravinsky’s response said: “Perhaps you should study with Mr. Gershwin.” 

Man I Love’s song was composed for the musical Lady, Be Good in 1924. Now famous chorus of the song was originally verse. Gershwin found so pleasant verse was changed to the choir and wrote a new verse for the song. Man I Love was dropped from the show before it opened in New York. Three years later it was included in Strike Up the Band, but the entire show closed during tryouts. Once again it was to be included in Rosalie (1928), but disappeared. Man I Love popularity was ensured If the torch singer Helen Morgan put it in her nightclub act. 

An American in Paris was inspired by a trip that took the Gershwins in Europe in spring 1928.George wanted to capture not only the city is named, but carefree attitude of his fellow Americans on holiday. To add authentic color to work garage Gershwin visited Paris and acquired the use of taxi horns incorporated into the score. The piece premiered at Carnegie Hall December 13, 1928 and almost immediately transferred from the concert hall music scene as it was incorporated into the scene Ballet Show Girl. 

Girl Crazy (1930) was the last, largest and, lighthearted Gershwin musicals. Despite a ridiculous plot was a memorable production, with a line of incredible songs, Ginger Rogers was the star of the show, Ethel Merman made her debut stage performance, and the pit were musicians like Benny Goodman, Jack Teagarden Glenn Miller, Jimmy Dorsey and Gene Krupa. 
Hen he was 25 years, his jazz-influenced “Rhapsody in Blue” premiered in New York at Aeolian Hall concert, an experiment in music. ” The audience included Jascha Heifitz, Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky. Gershwin followed this success with his orchestral work “Piano Concerto in F, Rhapsody No. 2” and “An American in Paris”.Serious music critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin’s classical music in the standard repertoire. Some dismissed his work as banal and tiresome, but always found favor with the public. 

In thirty years earlier, Gershwin experimented with some new ideas in Broadway musicals.”Strike Up Band,” Let Em Eat Cake “, and” you sing “were of innovative works dealing with social problems of the time.” Since you sing “was a huge hit and the first comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize. In 1935 he presented a folk opera “Porgy and Bess” in Boston with only moderate success. Now recognized as one of the seminal works of American opera, it included memorable songs such as “So it is not necessarily,” “I Loves You, Porgy” and “Summertime.” 

In 1937, after many successes on Broadway, the brothers decided go to Hollywood. Again teamed with Fred Astaire, who was now paired with Ginger Rogers. They made music video, “Shall We Dance”, which included hits like “Let’s Call Whole Thing Off” and “they can not Take That Away From Me” came soon after. “A damsel in distress” in which Astaire appeared with Joan Fontaine. After becoming ill while working on a film he had plans to return to New York to work on writing serious music. He planned a string quartet, a ballet and another opera, but these songs were never written.

In 1932, Gershwin’s musical was the first music you play which received the Pulitzer Prize. As a prize for writing prize went to George S. Kaufman, Morrie and Ira Gershwin Ryakind. For music, George Gershwin received the Pulitzer Prize posthumously to mark the centenary of his birth. 

Cuban Overture (first called Rumba) was George Gershwin’s last attempt at a serious orchestral success. He visited Havana in 1932, for relaxation and became very interested in Cuban music, especially percussion. Gershwin was before his time, first overture a year or two before the popularization of the Cuban rhythms of Xavier Cugat. 

While most of his compositions successful and met with him was one of the great composers of his day, Gershwin has found initial success with his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. Based on the novel Porgy by DuBose Heyward American writer, and set among the poor of the South, Porgy and Bess “was Gershwin’s largest company. It was revived on Broadway in 1942 and 1953 and made into a movie 1959. Today we consider the work a unique ministry that Gershwin’s masterpiece. 

In 1926, Gershwin began to collect contemporary art and the following year began to draw and paint as a hobby, a game that would become increasingly important to him. 

Gershwin life came to an early and tragic end just 38 years and at the peak of his career. While working on the score of the Golden Follies collapsed into a coma and later died in Beverly Hills, California, on July 11, 1937 from a brain tumor. 

George Gershwin music has been used in numerous films and was taken to a success in my only musical (1983) and Crazy for You (1992). 

George Gershwin’s music was often about grand statements. He described himself as a “modern romantic and said that” real music … should reflect the thinking and aspirations of people and time.

At age 38, died of a brain tumor. Today he remains one of America’s most beloved popular musicians.

My people are Americans. My. time is today “

ONE OF WORKS CXE grand wearing these, and we caresses senses NAME AS MELANCHOLY

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry

One of these mornings
You’re going to rise up singing
Then you’ll spread your wings
And you’ll take to the sky

But till that morning
There’s a’nothing can harm you
With daddy and mamma standing by

And the livin’ is easy
Fish are jumpin’
And the cotton is high

Your daddy’s rich
And your mamma’s good lookin’
So hush little baby
Don’t you cry


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13 Responses to “George Gershwin (26.9.1898 – 11.7.1937)-He Wrote More Than 500 Songs”

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