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|Also Known As:||Jacob Gershwine||Died:||July 11, 1937|
|Born:||September 26, 1898||Cause of Death:||brain tumor|
|Birth Place:||Brooklyn, New York, USA||Profession:||Music ... songwriter composer pianist song plugger cigar salesman Turkish bath attendant|
Along with Irving Berlin, Jerome Kern and Cole Porter, George Gershwin ranks as one of the most important American composers of the first half of the Twentieth Century. Like Berlin and Kern, he was son of immigrant Jews who settled in NYC, had little interest in formal schooling and originally made his mark on Broadway. Unlike the others, however, Gershwin also proved to be a master classical composer fashioning the familiar "Rhapsody in Blue" (1924) and creating what is arguably the first popular American opera "Porgy and Bess" (1935).
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