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Transcript of George Gershwin
George himself reached out to mentors who could help him enhance his abilities. Eventually he began to study with Charles Hambitzer and was able to impress him right away. Hambitzer once told his sister, "I have a new pupil who will make his mark if anyone will. The boy is a genius."
At age 15 Gershwin dropped out of school and began to play in several night clubs, he was known as a "song-plugger" in New York's Tin Pan Alley.
After 3 years he had transformed into a a highly skilled and proficient composer. To earn extra money he also worked as a rehearsal pianist for Broadway singers. In 1916 he composed and published his first song called "When you want 'em, You can't get 'em; When you have 'em, You don't want 'em".
During the following years Gershwin wrote numerous of songs for stage and screen that quickly became popular. His lyricist for nearly all his songs was his older brother Ira .
George Jacob Gershwin
By: Ruth De Jesus
George Gershwin was one of the most significant American composers of the 20th century, known for popular stage and screen numbers as well as classical compositions.
George Gershwin was born on September 26, 1898 in Brooklyn, New York and was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. At age 11 he began to play the piano his parents bought for older brother Ira.
One day after a show titled "Blue Monday" the band leader Paul Whiteman asked Gershwin to create a jazz number that would heighten the genre’s respectability.
Gershwin had forgotten about this request until one day while reading a newspaper announcing the fact that Whiteman’s latest concert would feature a new Gershwin composition.
Writing in a super fast pace in order to have it done on time Gershwin created a piece titled “Rhapsody in Blue", and became one of his most well known pieces.
Gershwin moved to Hollywood and was hired to compose the music for a film titled “Shall We Dance". It was while working on a follow-up that Gershwin’s life would come to an abrupt end.
In the beginning of 1937, Gershwin began to experience troubling symptoms such as severe headaches and noticing strange smells.
Doctors eventually discovered that he had developed a malignant brain tumor.
On July 11, 1937, Gershwin died during surgery to remove the tumor.
He was only 38.