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Gershwin

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  • 1. George Gershwin The Man and His Music By Anita Horváth
  • 2. George Gershwin September 26,1898 - July 11,1937
  • 3. Family
    • Parents: Russian Jewish immigrants
    • Lived in New York
    • Second child out of four
  • 4. Family 2.
    • His parents:
    • Morris and Rose Gershwin
  • 5. Family 3.
    • George and Ira Gershwin
  • 6. His teachers
    • Charles Hambitzer (George’s mentor until his death,1918)
    • Rubin Goldmark (classical composer)
    • Henry Cowell (avant-garde composer-theorist)
  • 7.
    • Henry Cowell
  • 8. Early career
    • „ Song plugger” for Remick’s
    • 1917. „Rialto Ripples”
    • 1919. first big national hit with his song „Swanee”
  • 9. Early career 2.
    • 1916.started working for Aeolian Company and Standard Music Rolls in New York
    • Recording piano rolls – his own compositions and others’ as well
  • 10. Most important works
    • 1924. Rhapsody in Blue
    • 1928. An American in Paris
    • 1935. Porgy and Bess - „folk opera”
  • 11.
    • Rhapsody in Blue
    Porgy and Bess
  • 12. The Broadway Years:1924-1929.
    • in 1924 he collaborated with his brother on a musical comedy, „Lady be Good”
    • „ Lady be good” was followed with „Tip-Toes” , „Oh Kay” , „Strike Upon the Band” , „Funny Face”
  • 13. Funny Face Audrey Hepburn and Fred AStaire
  • 14. His Jazz inspired classical music 1925-1931.
    • „ Piano Concerto in F Major” /1925/
    • „ Preludes for Piano” /1926/
    • „ An American in Paris” /1928/
    • „ Second Rhapsody” /1931/
  • 15. Pulitzer Prize
    • „ Strike up the Band” , „Let ‘Em Eat Cake” , and „Of Thee I Sing” were dealing with social issues of the time.
    • „ Of Thee I Sing” – the first comedy ever to win a Pulitzer Prize
  • 16. Influence
    • Maurice Ravel
    • Alban Berg
    • Dmitri Shostakovich
    • Igor Stravinsky
    • Darius Milhaud
    • Arnold Schoenberg
  • 17. Many of his compositions have been used on television and in numerous films, and many became jazz standards.
  • 18. The jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald
  • 19. Louis Armstrong
  • 20. Bing Crosby
  • 21. Frank Sinatra
  • 22. Julie Andrews
  • 23. Barbara Streisand
  • 24. Sting
  • 25. Privacy
    • Had a 10-year affair with composer Kay Swift
    • „ Oh Kay” was named for her
  • 26. He also had an affair with the actress Paulette Goddard
  • 27. Death
    • He died in brain tumor in 1937
    • He is burried in Westchester Hills Cemetery , New York
  • 28. Sources
    • www.wikipedia.com
    • www.maurice-abravanel.com/1267-014_Recording_George_Gershwin