This is a list of compositions by George Gershwin , a Broadway songwriter and a classical composer. His works are grouped thematically in this list, and in chronological order according to the dates of compositions in the same group. Note: All works are musicals produced on Broadway unless specified otherwise.
Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
George Gershwin is one of the most important American composers of the 20th century. Eventually, he followed the example of his role model, Irving Berlin, and started composing his own music. Gershwin is known as a major jazz innovator, and Amy C. The term does not appear in the title of any of his works. It is really a conglomeration of many things … Ragtime, the blues, classicist and spiritual … An entire composition in jazz could not live.
Other works for orchestra
American composer George Gershwin was eminently successful in popular music, as well as in the classical field with several concert works and an opera that have become standards in the contemporary repertory. George Gershwin played a prominent role in one of the most colorful eras of American popular music: the so-called age of Tin Pan Alley — roughly — when popular music became big business. The musical theater and the private parlor rang with the sounds of ragtime, romantic ballads, and comedy songs. Talented composers such as Gershwin, Irving Berlin, and Jerome Kern, among dozens of lesser figures, fed this lucrative music-making machine and flourished. He began writing his own songs about this time mostly with lyricist Irving Caesar , none of which his employer was interested in publishing. Gershwin also began to get a few songs set into current musical shows, a common practice of the day. By he had shown enough promise to be hired by Harms, Inc.
Sound On Off. Music and lyrics by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin. Book by Craig Lucas. Given its origins in a movie that celebrated dance and a director who came to prominence as a choreographer, the new adaptation is, not surprisingly, a paean to movement as an expressive element, from the opening sequence depicting the liberation of Paris to scenes that suddenly erupt in dance, to the modernist title ballet near the end.