George Gershwin

George Gershwin Sheet Music

  • Born
    26th September 1898
  • Died
    11th July 1937
  • Birthplace
    Brooklyn, New York, USA

George Gershwin was an American composer and pianist. Gershwin's compositions spanned both popular and classical genres, and his most popular melodies are widely known. Among his best known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), as well as the opera Porgy and Bess (1935).Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark and Henry Cowell. He began his career as a song plugger, but soon started composing Broadway theatre works with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger, where he began to compose An American in Paris. After returning to New York City, he wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and the author DuBose Heyward. Initially a commercial failure, Porgy and Bess is now considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century. Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937 from a brain tumor. Gershwin's compositions have been adapted for use in many films and for television, and several became jazz standards recorded in many variations. Countless celebrated singers and musicians have covered his songs.

Title Form Instrument
Piano Concerto Concerto Piano
Rialto Ripples Rag Dance Piano
Lullaby Lullaby/Berceuse String Quartet
Girl Crazy Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Of Thee I Sing Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Porgy and Bess Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Tell Me More Opera / Operetta Voice(s) and Orchestra
Cuban Overture Overture Orchestra
3 Preludes Piano piece Piano
Funny Face Piano piece Piano
Rhapsody in Blue Rhapsody Piano and orchestra
Second Rhapsody Rhapsody Piano and orchestra
Do it Again! Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
George Gershwin's Songbook Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Idle Dreams Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
Love Walked In Song Cycle Voice(s) and Orchestra
Scandal Walk Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
The Man I Love Song Cycle Voice(s) and Piano
An American in Paris Symphonic Poem Orchestra
Promenade Theatrical / Incidental Solo Instrument(s) and Orchestra