Friday, July 15, 2011

George "Jazzy Jacob" Gershwin

One of the most amazing composers of our times was George Gershwin, who is remembered primarily as a songwriter and composer with most of his work written for Broadway musicals and operas. 

While most younger listeners have heard the Gershwin masterpiece, Summertime, in one or the other of its myriad interpretations in jazz, soul, and even rock, and perhaps even his other popular songs, Ain't  Necessarily So, I got Rhythm, Embraceable You, and of course, Swanee, it is in his orchestral compositions that his genius really comes through.  I have only heard three of them and they continue to astound me with their richness, complexity and beauty.  You can read more about this genius (who died on July 11, 1937, at the age of 38, of brain cancer) by clicking here.

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