George Gershwin

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George Gershwin


George Gershwin (26 September 1898, Brooklyn, N.Y. – 11 July 1937, Los Angeles, Calif.) was an American composer and pianist.

Gershwin was the son of Russian immigrants. Fueled by a passion for music, George Gershwin began studying the piano at the age of 12. Not being academically inclined, he convinced his parents to let him quit school at 15, and he became a pianist in Tin Pan Alley, demonstrating songs for the Remick Publishing Company. He began to compose popular songs while still a teenager and produced a succession of musicals, including Strike Up the Band (1927), with his brother Ira as lyricist. Gershwin was a sensitive songwriter of great melodic gifts and blended jazz, folk, and classical styles into a uniquely American musical form.

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