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Remembering the Music of George GershwinWho was George Gershwin Today most people would answer that question by saying that he was the composer of the song thats in the airline commercial Although that is true he was much more than that Gershwin was the most celebrated and wealthiest American composer who expressed the dreams of every American citizen of the 1920s He achieved this by mixing different styles of music like Jewish black jazz classical blues and put them into one genre and created absolute music George Gershwin was born in Brooklyn New York on September 26 1898 He had the childhood of any average kid growing up in the early 1900s His father Morris a Russian Jewish immigrant had many different jobs so George was forced to move around a lot and learn how to fight for his survival Many people say that he was a very wild and robust child who was not interested in any type of school work Schwartz 11 In the neighborhood where Gershwin grew up anyone who was interested in music was known as a sissy So after passing by a penny arcade and discovering a mechanical piano George would go to homes of friends who had pianos and secretly tap out the popular tunes of the day Peyser 21 One day his parents purchased a piano for Ira the eldest and as soon as it was moved in George sat down and began to play The family was flabbergasted They had no idea he was interested in music or where he learned how to play the piano Adam 1208Georges parents immediately sought a teacher for him They found a lady named Ms Green from the neighborhood who for fifty cents an hour taught him all of the scales and modes He then moved on to Mr Goldberg who for one dollar and fifty cents an hour had him progress to opera overtures and arias When his skill was
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