George Gershwin (26 September 1898 –- 11 July 1937) was a composer of both jazz and classical music from the US remembered mainly for creating Rhapsody in Blue
, best known as the theme song of United Airlines. He's also known for the opera Porgy and Bess
, source of such famous songs as "Summertime" and "It Ain't Necessarily So."
Tropes present in Gershwin's life and work:
- Biopic: Rhapsody in Blue
- Covered Up: Gershwin's songs have been covered countless times.
- Crying Little Kid: The baby in "Summertime" is comforted not to cry.
- Everything Has Rhythm: "I Got Rhythm".
- Family Business: He worked with his brother Ira until he (George) tragically died from a brain tumor. Ira was the lyricist to George's composer.
- Jazz: His compositions were very muched influenced by jazz and Broadway musicals.
- 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.