George Gershwin
(1898-1937)

Died aged c. 39

George Gershwin (; born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist 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. He began his career as a song plugger but soon started composing Broadway theater works with his brother Ira Gershwin and with Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris intending to study with Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him. He subsequently composed An American in Paris, returned to New York City and wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and DuBose Heyward. Initially a commercial failure, it came to be considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century and an American cultural classic. Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores. He died in 1937 of a malignant brain tumor. His compositions have been adapted for use in film and television, with several becoming jazz standards recorded and covered in many variations.

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Commemorated on 2 plaques

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George Gershwin 1898–1937 The composer lived here with lyricist Ira Gershwin during 1929–33, the years they wrote Broadway shows Girl Crazy and, their political satires, Of Thee I Sing, and Let 'Em Eat Cake.

33 Riverside Drive, NY 10023, New York, NY, United States where they lived

Harold Ross 1892-1951 The magazine editor, who said "if you can't be funny, be interesting", lived here when he founded The New Yorker in 1925. At his 1923 "housewarming" were Dorothy Parker, Harpo Marx, and George Gershwin.

412 West 47th Street, NY 10036, New York, NY, United States where they attended a housewarming