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George  Gershwin

Né: 26 septembre 1898
Mort: 11 juillet 1937
Pays d'origine: Etats Unis d' Amérique
Upcoming :
Chef d'orchestre: Russell Keable
Orchestre: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-18 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Centre — 19.30

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of four children from a close-knit Russian Jewish immigrant family. At the age of 16, the young George quit school and began his musical career as a song-plugger on New York's Tin Pan Alley. He was soon writing his own songs and his first published work "When You Want ‘Em, You Can't Get ‘Em", demonstrated innovative new songwriting techniques and earned him all of five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a young lyricist named Irving Ceaser and together they would compose a long list of popular songs including "Swanee," which scored Gershwin his first big national hit.

"Swanee" would be followed in short order by a series of nearly forty-five more songs; among them "Somebody Loves Me" and "Stairway to Paradise," as well as the twenty-five-minute opera, "Blue Monday." Composed in five days, "Blue Monday," though a work of Gershwin juvenilia, offered hints of great musical development to come.

Gershwin's first collaboration with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, produced the Broadway hit "Lady Be Good" which included such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Man I Love." It was the beginning of a partnership that would continue for the rest of the composer's life and would elevate the musical comedy to an American art form. Musicals including "Oh Kay!" and "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, were created increasingly alongside more serious symphonic works as Gershwin aimed to make his mark in the concert world.

Gershwin's jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra premiered in New York's Aeolian Hall at a concert entitled "An Experiment in Music" when the composer was still in his twenties. It would prove to be his most popular symphonic work. Among those in attendance at the premiere were Jascha Heifitz, Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky. Gershwin followed this success with his Piano Concerto in F and the now legendary tone poem An American in Paris which he wrote during an extended stay in Paris. French music, in particular the composers Debussy and Ravel, would prove to have a lasting influence on Gershwin's classical music. Critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin's classical music in the standard repertoire and some simply dismissed him, but the music always found favor with the general public. He was very soon widely acclaimed in the concert world as piano virtuoso, conductor and composer.

Back on Broadway, George and Ira Gershwin continued to experiment with novel ideas and their hit show Of Thee I Sing dealt pointedly with social issues of the time, becoming the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize. This feat was soon followed by the premiere of Gershwin's folk opera and most ambitious work to date Porgy and Bess which had only moderate success. Now recognized as one of the seminal works of American opera, it includes such timeless favorites as "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Summertime."

Shortly after the premiere of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood to score a series of successful films but while there became ill. At the time of his premature death at the age of 38, Gershwin had plans to return to New York and was contemplating work on a new symphony, opera, and ballet. These compositions were not to be. Today he remains one of America's, indeed one of the world's, most beloved composers.

Chef d'orchestre: Russell Keable
Orchestre: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-18 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Centre — 19.30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Kirill Karabits
Orchestre: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
2021-02-03 | Poole (Royaume Uni), Lighthouse — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2021-02-04 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Royal Concert Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Jason Lai
Orchestre: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra
2021-02-05 | (Singapour), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall — 7:30pm
Chef d'orchestre: Tim Johnson
Orchestre: Eton College Symphony Orchestra
2021-06-21 | Eton, Berkshire (Royaume Uni), Eton College School Hall — 20.15

Gallery

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  1. Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    from: 3 Preludes
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20573 Q55
    1,99 €  *
  2. Rhapsody in Blue

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Heumann, Hans-Günter
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20764 Q7603
    2,99 €  *
  3. Summertime

    Summertime

    from "Porgy And Bess"
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Ecrivain : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : trumpet
    Édition : with appended piano part
    Langue : englisch
    N° Réf. : ED 21320 Q13564
    1,99 €  *
  4. Prelude No. 2

    Prelude No. 2

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : viola and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 21697 Q23115
    2,99 €  *
  5. Short Story

    Short Story

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Dushkin, Samuel
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20423 Q25666
    2,99 €  *
  6. I Got Rhythm

    I Got Rhythm

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Gerlitz, Carsten
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20741 Q25710
    2,99 €  *
  7. Prelude No. 2

    Prelude No. 2

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 21563 Q40331
    2,99 €  *
  8. Trois préludes

    Trois préludes

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED0 9809 Q6630
    5,99 €  *
  9. 3 Preludes

    3 Preludes

    arranged for Organ after the Piano Pieces
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Sach, Ralf
    Instrumentation : organ
    N° Réf. : ED 20587 Q7012
    12,99 €  *
  10. Summertime

    Summertime

    extrait de "Porgy and Bess"
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : string quartet (double bass ad libitum)
    Édition : Partition et parties
    Langue : anglais - allemand
    N° Réf. : ED 20798 Q7171
    17,99 €  *

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Profil

George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn, New York, the second of four children from a close-knit Russian Jewish immigrant family. At the age of 16, the young George quit school and began his musical career as a song-plugger on New York's Tin Pan Alley. He was soon writing his own songs and his first published work "When You Want ‘Em, You Can't Get ‘Em", demonstrated innovative new songwriting techniques and earned him all of five dollars. Soon after, however, he met a young lyricist named Irving Ceaser and together they would compose a long list of popular songs including "Swanee," which scored Gershwin his first big national hit.

"Swanee" would be followed in short order by a series of nearly forty-five more songs; among them "Somebody Loves Me" and "Stairway to Paradise," as well as the twenty-five-minute opera, "Blue Monday." Composed in five days, "Blue Monday," though a work of Gershwin juvenilia, offered hints of great musical development to come.

Gershwin's first collaboration with his brother, lyricist Ira Gershwin, produced the Broadway hit "Lady Be Good" which included such standards as "Fascinating Rhythm" and "The Man I Love." It was the beginning of a partnership that would continue for the rest of the composer's life and would elevate the musical comedy to an American art form. Musicals including "Oh Kay!" and "Funny Face", starring Fred Astaire and his sister Adele, were created increasingly alongside more serious symphonic works as Gershwin aimed to make his mark in the concert world.

Gershwin's jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue for piano and orchestra premiered in New York's Aeolian Hall at a concert entitled "An Experiment in Music" when the composer was still in his twenties. It would prove to be his most popular symphonic work. Among those in attendance at the premiere were Jascha Heifitz, Fritz Kreisler, Leopold Stokowski, Serge Rachmaninov, and Igor Stravinsky. Gershwin followed this success with his Piano Concerto in F and the now legendary tone poem An American in Paris which he wrote during an extended stay in Paris. French music, in particular the composers Debussy and Ravel, would prove to have a lasting influence on Gershwin's classical music. Critics were often at a loss as to where to place Gershwin's classical music in the standard repertoire and some simply dismissed him, but the music always found favor with the general public. He was very soon widely acclaimed in the concert world as piano virtuoso, conductor and composer.

Back on Broadway, George and Ira Gershwin continued to experiment with novel ideas and their hit show Of Thee I Sing dealt pointedly with social issues of the time, becoming the first musical comedy to win the Pulitzer Prize. This feat was soon followed by the premiere of Gershwin's folk opera and most ambitious work to date Porgy and Bess which had only moderate success. Now recognized as one of the seminal works of American opera, it includes such timeless favorites as "It Ain't Necessarily So," "I Loves You, Porgy," and "Summertime."

Shortly after the premiere of Porgy and Bess, Gershwin moved to Hollywood to score a series of successful films but while there became ill. At the time of his premature death at the age of 38, Gershwin had plans to return to New York and was contemplating work on a new symphony, opera, and ballet. These compositions were not to be. Today he remains one of America's, indeed one of the world's, most beloved composers.

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Représentations
Chef d'orchestre: Russell Keable
Orchestre: Kensington Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-18 | London (Royaume Uni), Royal Festival Hall — 19.30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Centre — 19.30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: London Symphony Orchestra
2021-01-21 | London (Royaume Uni), Barbican Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Kirill Karabits
Orchestre: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
2021-02-03 | Poole (Royaume Uni), Lighthouse — 19:30
Chef d'orchestre: John Wilson
Orchestre: Royal Scottish National Orchestra
2021-02-04 | Glasgow (Royaume Uni), Royal Concert Hall
Chef d'orchestre: Jason Lai
Orchestre: Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Orchestra
2021-02-05 | (Singapour), Yong Siew Toh Conservatory Concert Hall — 7:30pm
Chef d'orchestre: Tim Johnson
Orchestre: Eton College Symphony Orchestra
2021-06-21 | Eton, Berkshire (Royaume Uni), Eton College School Hall — 20.15
Galerie

Gallery

Produits

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  1. Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    Prelude No.2 in C sharp minor

    from: 3 Preludes
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20573 Q55
    1,99 €  *
  2. Rhapsody in Blue

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Heumann, Hans-Günter
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20764 Q7603
    2,99 €  *
  3. Summertime

    Summertime

    from "Porgy And Bess"
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Ecrivain : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : trumpet
    Édition : with appended piano part
    Langue : englisch
    N° Réf. : ED 21320 Q13564
    1,99 €  *
  4. Prelude No. 2

    Prelude No. 2

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : viola and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 21697 Q23115
    2,99 €  *
  5. Short Story

    Short Story

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Dushkin, Samuel
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20423 Q25666
    2,99 €  *
  6. I Got Rhythm

    I Got Rhythm

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Gerlitz, Carsten
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED 20741 Q25710
    2,99 €  *
  7. Prelude No. 2

    Prelude No. 2

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : violin and piano
    N° Réf. : ED 21563 Q40331
    2,99 €  *
  8. Trois préludes

    Trois préludes

    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Instrumentation : piano
    N° Réf. : ED0 9809 Q6630
    5,99 €  *
  9. 3 Preludes

    3 Preludes

    arranged for Organ after the Piano Pieces
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Sach, Ralf
    Instrumentation : organ
    N° Réf. : ED 20587 Q7012
    12,99 €  *
  10. Summertime

    Summertime

    extrait de "Porgy and Bess"
    Edition à télécharger
    Compositeur : Gershwin, George
    Adaptateur : Birtel, Wolfgang
    Instrumentation : string quartet (double bass ad libitum)
    Édition : Partition et parties
    Langue : anglais - allemand
    N° Réf. : ED 20798 Q7171
    17,99 €  *

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