ON THIS DAY | Composer & Pianist George Gershwin Died in 1937

His signature works include "Rhapsody in Blue," "An American in Paris," and the opera "Porgy and Bess"

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George Gershwin Death

American composer and pianist George Gershwin died on this day in 1937.

Gershwin’s jazz-influenced compositions spanned both classical and popular styles — ranging from concerto to film score to jazz standard.

As a songwriter and film composer, Gershwin often collaborated with his brother Ira as lyricist. In March 2021, the Metropolitan Opera's recording of the Gershwins' Porgy and Bess won a Grammy Award for Best Opera Recording. Another musical, "Of Thee I Sing," won a posthumous Pulitzer in 1998.

Gershwin was born to Russian immigrants and left high school to work as a Tin Pan Alley song plugger, finding success within a few years through his first hit, "Swanee."

He tragically passed away from a brain tumor, aged just 38.

 

GEORGE GERSHWIN | RHAPSODY IN BLUE | LEONARD BERNSTEIN & NEW YORK PHILHARMONIC | 1976