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The Symphonic Gershwin - George Gershwin

The Symphonic Gershwin is a medley of three famous compositions of Gershwin. The arranger Warren Baker combined An American in Paris, Cuban Overture and Rhapsody in Blue to a magnificent presentation of these worldwide-known melodies. This medley reflects perfectly Gershwin's type of music which is characterized by a mixture of traditional instrumentation and typical American jazz elements. In his compositions An American in Paris and Cuban Overture Gershwin depicts the impressions of his stays in Paris in 1928 and in Havana in 1932. His work Rhapsody in Blue is a mixture of different styles of music and different sound patterns and was therefore the main example of many compositions in the 20th century.

The Symphonic Gershwin


George Gershwin

* 1898, + 1937

George Gershwin whose parents were Jewish immigrants from Russia, was born on September 26th, 1898 in New York and started his career as a pianist at a publishing house in New York. Inspired by this occupation and by his mentor Charles Hambitzer, he tried to publish his own compositions in 1916. Despite most of his first compositions rested unknown to the public, they caught the attention of some Broadway composers which popularized him and his compositions. George Gershwin composed many orchestral works such as An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue. Along with his brother Ira Gershwin, he wrote among others the opera Porgy and Bess. Many of his works reached great popularity and were used as soundtrack for well-known films or were interpreted by famous singer and songwriters. In 1937, Gershwin died from a cerebral tumor at the age of 38.

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