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1931-1934. A rare treasure, this CD contains two 15-minute episodes of the 1934 "Music by Gershwin" radio program (complete with laxative commercials!), a radio appearance with Rudy Vallee, and rehearsals for the Second Rhapsody and Porgy and Bess conducted by Gershwin himself. Gives great insight into the personality of one of the century's major composers.


Born: September 26, 1898 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Classical Crossover

Years Active: '10s, '20s, '30s

In a career tragically cut short in mid-stride by a brain tumor, George Gershwin (1898-1937) proved himself to be not only one of the great songwriters of his extremely rich era, but also a gifted "serious" composer who bridged the worlds of classical and popular music. The latter is all the more striking, given that, of his contemporaries, Gershwin was the most influenced by such styles as jazz and blues. Gershwin's first major hit, interpolated into the show Sinbad in 1919, was "Swanee," sung...
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