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George Gershwin

American composer George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn on September 26, 1898 to a non-musical family, and did not begin his formal musical training until age 12, when he began piano instruction. He left school at 15 to become a "Song Plugger" at the Tin Pan Alley music publishing firm of Jerome Remick. His job there was to play and sing newly published music for potential buyers. While in this job he began composing his own songs. He also made piano rolls under a pseudonym.

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The Gershwins Porgy and Bess

The Gershwins Porgy and Bess-George Gershwin, DuBose and Dorothy Heyward and Ira Gershwin-With classics such as Summertime and Bess, You is My Woman Now, the Gershwins melded jazz, folk and blues to craft the iconic American opera.

The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess (WNO 2010)

Washington National Opera's 2010 Revival Production of The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess.

Understanding the Music: Gershwin - An American in Paris

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