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George Gershwin

1898 - 1937

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George Gershwin (; born Jacob Gershwine; September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned popular, jazz and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs "Swanee" (1919) and "Fascinating Rhythm" (1924), the jazz standards "Embraceable You" (1928) and "I Got Rhythm" (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935), which included the hit "Summertime". Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of George Gershwin has received more than 4,759,510 page views. His biography is available in 74 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 71 in 2019). George Gershwin is the 63rd most popular composer (up from 65th in 2019), the 164th most popular biography from United States (down from 162nd in 2019) and the most popular American Composer.

George Gershwin is most famous for his work in the 1920s and 1930s, including the opera Porgy and Bess, the jazz-influenced Rhapsody in Blue, and the orchestral An American in Paris.

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Among composers, George Gershwin ranks 63 out of 1,216Before him are Mikis Theodorakis, Georg Philipp Telemann, Edward Elgar, Astor Piazzolla, Henry Purcell, and Johann Christian Bach. After him are Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, John Williams, Alexander Scriabin, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Charles Gounod, and Vangelis.

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Among people born in 1898, George Gershwin ranks 11Before him are Sergei Eisenstein, Federico García Lorca, Golda Meir, M. C. Escher, Enzo Ferrari, and Zhou Enlai. After him are Umm Kulthum, William James Sidis, Herbert Marcuse, Liu Shaoqi, C. S. Lewis, and Tamara de Lempicka. Among people deceased in 1937, George Gershwin ranks 10Before him are Alfred Adler, John D. Rockefeller, Maurice Ravel, Antonio Gramsci, H. P. Lovecraft, and Amelia Earhart. After him are Erich Ludendorff, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Gerda Taro, and J. M. Barrie.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Gershwin ranks 164 out of 18,182Before him are Tom Hanks (1956), Thomas Hunt Morgan (1866), John Steinbeck (1902), Samuel L. Jackson (1948), Lee Harvey Oswald (1939), and Gregory Peck (1916). After him are Ava Gardner (1922), Buzz Aldrin (1930), Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856), John Williams (1932), Robert K. Merton (1910), and Emily Dickinson (1830).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, George Gershwin ranks 1After him are John Williams (1932), John Cage (1912), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Steve Reich (1936), Samuel Barber (1910), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), James Horner (1953), and Cole Porter (1891).