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George Gershwin

BIOGRAPHY

George Gershwin (26 September 1898 - 11 July 1937) was an American composer and pianist. Influnced by Jerome Kern and Irving Berlin, he composed for Broadway, musical comedies, and film scores.

Gershwin was known for mixing popular, jazz, and classical styles. Many of his works have become jazz standards. Ira, George’s brother, was his lyricist for most of his music. He incorporated slang, quips, and puns.

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The introduction of a piano arrangement of Rhapsody in Blue. Notice the glissando and jazzy elements in the right hand, which are originally scored for B-flat clainet.