George Gershwin

1898 - 1937

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George Gershwin (; born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz; September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer, pianist and painter whose compositions spanned both popular 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 standard "I Got Rhythm" (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935), which gave birth to 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 3,544,900 page views. His biography is available in 71 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 67 in 2019). George Gershwin is the 65th most popular composer (down from 62nd in 2019), the 162nd most popular biography from United States (down from 143rd in 2019) and the 2nd 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 65 out of 1,228Before him are Henry Purcell, Alexander Borodin, Giovanni Battista Pergolesi, Johann Pachelbel, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, and John Williams. After him are Johann Christian Bach, John Cage, Dieterich Buxtehude, Astor Piazzolla, Alessandro Scarlatti, and Anton Webern.

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Among people born in 1898, George Gershwin ranks 10Before him are Sergei Eisenstein, Golda Meir, Federico García Lorca, Alvar Aalto, M. C. Escher, and Enzo Ferrari. After him are Zhou Enlai, C. S. Lewis, Herbert Marcuse, Umm Kulthum, William James Sidis, and Trofim Lysenko. Among people deceased in 1937, George Gershwin ranks 12Before him are John D. Rockefeller, Antonio Gramsci, H. P. Lovecraft, Lou Andreas-Salomé, Amelia Earhart, and Erich Ludendorff. After him are Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, Mikhail Tukhachevsky, J. M. Barrie, Yevgeny Zamyatin, Gerda Taro, and J. Bruce Ismay.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, George Gershwin ranks 162 out of 15,968Before him are Tom Hanks (1956), Jane Fonda (1937), John Tyler (1790), John Wayne (1907), Bobby Fischer (1943), and John Williams (1932). After him are John Rawls (1921), Buzz Aldrin (1930), Samuel Colt (1814), Coen brothers (null), Pearl S. Buck (1892), and Dr. Seuss (1904).

Among COMPOSERS In United States

Among composers born in United States, George Gershwin ranks 2Before him are John Williams (1932). After him are John Cage (1912), Leonard Bernstein (1918), Henry Mancini (1924), Philip Glass (1937), Scott Joplin (1868), Samuel Barber (1910), Steve Reich (1936), Jerry Goldsmith (1929), Cole Porter (1891), and James Horner (1953).