George Gershwin

(George Jacob Gershwin)

George Gershwin
George Gershwin
  • Born: September 26, 1898
  • Died: July 11, 1937
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Composer, Pianist









George Jacob Gershwin was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris, the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime.

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All great composers of the past spent most of their time studying. Feeling alone won't do the job. A man also needs technique. Time
All these tales of people sitting down and composing symphonies just as though they were writing a letter are very much exaggerated; at least, it isn't that way in my work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I didn't even start playing the piano until I was about 13 or 14. I guess I must have had a little talent or whatever-you-call-it, but I practised regularly, and that's what counts.
I frequently hear music in the very heart of noise. Music, Chants & Rapps
I want to say at once that I frankly believe that Irving Berlin is the greatest songwriter that has ever lived.... His songs are exquisite cameos of perfection, and each one of them is as beautiful as its neighbor. Irving Berlin remains, I think, America's Schubert.
It is always possible to create something original.
It took me three weeks to write the 'Rhapsody in Blue.' I had always wanted to write something blue and Paul Whiteman inspired.
Life is a lot like jazz... it's best when you improvise. Life
The extraordinary thing about my mother, she's so modest about me.
True music must repeat the thought and inspirations of the people and the time. Time ;Music, Chants & Rapps
Upper berth, lower berth, that's the difference between talent and genius.
When I'm in my normal mood, music drips from my fingers. Music, Chants & Rapps
Why should I limit myself to only one woman when I can have as many women as I want? Women
Writing music is not so much inspiration as hard work. Music, Chants & Rapps ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force

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