George Gershwin Report George Gershwin was an excellent composer and musician who lead a very interesting life. George Gershwin’s life had a fascinating beginning and an unexpected end. He was a musical prodigy, even at a young age. His compositions were so well done that they are still popular today. George Gershwin’s life was very intriguing. First off, he was born with the name of Jacob Gershowitz, the son of Russian/Jewish immigrants, on September 26th, 1898. He was born in Harlem in New York City. He sat down to the piano for the first time at 11 years old, when his parents bought his brother, Ira, a secondhand piano. Ira grew up not to be a piano player, but to be a famous lyricist and the lyricist to many of George’s most popular songs. At first, George taught himself, but with his talent he naturally sought out mentors that could improve his playing. He eventually started playing under the instruction of the famous piano teacher Charles Hambitzer. Charles was incredibly impressed with his new student; He even wrote a letter to his sister saying “I have a new pupil who will make his mark if anybody will. The boy is a genius.” Gershwin would go on to have many teachers who were equally impressed with his natural talent. At age 15, in 1914, George dropped out of school to play piano full time. George was an incredible piano player. He got jobs playing in several New York nightclubs. Eventually, he became a song-plugger in New York’s Tin Pan Alley. A song-plugger was a piano player employed by music stores in the early 20th century to promote and help sell new sheet music. He did these jobs for three years before working as a rehearsal pianist for Broadway singers. By this time, George had become a prolific piano player, and understood music well enough to start off his composing career. George was an amazing composer. His first song, “When You Want ’Em You Can’t Get ’Em”, was published in 1916. George’s next composition, “Rhapsody in Blue”, would eventually become his most famous. He wrote at an incredible pace, barely making the deadline to compose a piece for his friend Paul Whiteman’s concert
George Gershwin was a famous composer of Tin Pan Alley. The first website I went to for him (gershwin.com) opens with a stage and a sample of the music he composed. George dropped out of school at age 15, which is when he pursued his music career but he fell in love with piano at age 11. He was taught by a man named Charles Hambitzer who referred to George as a “genius.” He worked with multiple other teachers such as; Henry Cowell, Wallingford Riegger, Edward Kilenyi and Joseph…
listening to George Gershwin’s Summertime from “Porgy and Bess” I will be definitely giving myself more time to listen to classical. In Summertime when you close your eyes it brings you to a time where anything could happen almost to fairytale, and has a calming effect. The following will help provide knowledge as to how Gershwin does this in a musical analysis. Why Gershwin made music in biographical way and how history effected his art.
Firstly, let us get to know George Gershwin as a child…
Rhapsody In Blue
George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue is one of those timeless classics that is instantly recognizable to many people’s ears today, even ninety years after it was first introduced to the world. It is a piece that has found its way into contemporary movies and advertisements, making it likely as recognizable as Chopin’s Funeral March or Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. But unlike these two pieces of iconic classical music, Rhapsody in Blue “resists classification.”1 In it are elements…
sound that would soon be recognizable as jazz. Ragtime and New Orleans jazz soon became popular as the 1920s hit and bands began playing in clubs and speakeasies during the times of prohibition. Names like Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and George Gershwin began springing up. Louis Armstrong was born in New Orleans to a poor African American family. His father walked out on him early in life and after a few bad decisions, Armstrong found himself in a reform school called the New Orleans Home for…
Human Experience: Two Songs
My Two Songs
Classic 20th century song
George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue
Modern Times song
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the silence
I chose these two songs for my human experience because in their own ways, they are a direct reflection of our lives. George Gershwin closes the gap and fuses classical with jazz, he uses no lyrics. However, Depeche Mode's classic…
simple because it stirs emotions does not make it so. I am not a huge fan of jazz but for America it has become a lifestyle more than just a genre. Elvis changed the face of music for all time. Composers such as Louie Armstrong, Leonard Bernstein, George Gershwin, miles Davis, Janis Joplin, and even Michael Jackson have changed and made history in music. I would have to say simply for the musicians and compositions during the 20th century have been life changing.
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1. Radio & TV
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Sheet music - primary way music was purchased
Rock & roll changed that!
Tin Pan Alley – area of NYC where music publishing business resided.
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The Great American Song Book
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Tin Pan Alley Song…
The 1920s. Although there was great economic and political change, this era completely transformed the identity of American society. Old conflict was stirred up and new conflict arose, inventions forever changed homes and businesses, and bold musicians created soulful new music.
Electricity rapidly spread through the United States. Telephones and radios created various jobs, improved communication, and offered new platforms for advertising, which made for more national brands, while movies and…
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