The Best of Gershwin

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George Gershwin

Prelúdios para piano
1. Prelúdio Nº 1
2. Prelúdio Nº 2
3. Prelúdio Nº 3

18 peças para piano
4. The man I love
5. Swanee
6. Nobody but you
7. I´ll build a stairway
8. Do it again
9. Fascinating rhythm
10. Oh, Lady be good
11. Somebody loves me
12. Sweet and low down
13. Clap yo’hands
14. Do do do
15. My one and only
16. ‘s wonderful
17. Strike up the band
18. Who cares
19. That certain feelin
20. Liza
21. I go rhythm

Da ópera (Porgy and Bess)
22. Abertura
23. It ain’t necessarily so


In a period in which national American music was developing with composers of the calibre of Aaron Copland and others trained in Europe, George Gershwin, the son of Russian-Jewish immigrant parents, went some way towards bridging the wide gap between Tin Pan Alley and serious music. He won success as a composer of light music, of songs and musicals, but in a relatively small number of compositions made forays into a new form of classical repertoire.


Stage Works
Gershwin has won serious attention with his opera Porgy and Bess, a drama of Black America, set at first in Catfish Row, Charleston, South Carolina. There is an effective instrumental suite, Catfish Row, derived from the opera, while the song Summertime has proved particularly attractive and memorable.


Orchestral Music
Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, written in 1924 for Paul Whiteman and his jazz band, marries jazz with something of the classical form, an avenue further explored in Gershwin’s Piano Concerto of the following year. The tone poem An American in Paris again offers a synthesis between apparently divergent forms of music.


Piano Music
Gershwin’s piano music includes the three Preludes, written in 1926, pieces that retain a modest place in modern American piano repertoire.

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