George Gershwin

If you very often find yourself running into "Rhapsody in Blue," excerpts from the opera "Porgy and Bess," or into catchy Broadway tunes like "I got Rhythm" these days, it's not by coincidence. The music world is celebrating the centennial of the composer who wrote all of these works. George Gershwin, born on September 26, 1898, in Brooklyn, New York, has put his mark on American music. His style contains a mix of classical forms and elements of Jazz, as well as folk melodies and sometimes traces of Jewish chant. Gershwin's music can be found in the movies, in musicals, and in the concert hall. He was not only successful as a composer but also as a conductor, and besides that, he was a tremendous pianist. Gershwin, the multitalent, was even a gifted radio anchor. Georg Hirsch found some old radio broadcasts that cast light on the artist and on the human being George Gershwin.

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