Gershwin, George [Gershvin, Jacob]
- Norbert Carnovale,
- Richard Crawford
- and Wayne J. Schneider
(b Brooklyn, NY, Sept 26, 1898; d Hollywood, CA, July 11, 1937). American composer, pianist, and conductor. He began his career as a song plugger in New York’s Tin Pan Alley; by the time he was 20 he had established himself as a composer of Broadway shows, and by the age of 30 he was America’s most famous and widely accepted composer of concert music.
Gershwin’s parents, Moshe Gershovitz and Rose Bruskin, emigrated from Russia to the USA in the 1890s and settled in New York, where they met and married in 1895. The family lived under one roof until long after the four children were grown. George found an artistic collaborator in the person of his older brother Ira, who wrote the lyrics for most of his songs.
Gershwin’s boyhood was marked by an interest in athletics and an indifference to school. Music was seldom heard at home until ...