George Gershwin (1898-1937) is a composer of both jazz and classical music from the US remembered mainly for Rhapsody in Blue.

Tropes present in his life and work

  • Fair for Its Day: Porgy and Bess
  • Family Business: He worked with his brother Ira until he (George) tragically died from a brain tumor.
  • Political Correctness Gone Mad: Porgy and Bess has been a victim of this. Depending on who one talks to, it's either demeaning to African-Americans or Fair for Its Day. Of course, it's still one of the most important US operas of the 20th century.
  • Throw It In: You know that famous clarinet glissando at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue? It was a silly little musical prank that Gershwin liked so much that he wrote it into the score.
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