George Gershwin George Gershwin artist page: interviews, features and/or performances archived at NPR Music

George Gershwin

Our hosts are digging the new album by Gaby Moreno. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of the artist

George Gershwin, photographed in his 72nd Street apartment in New York in 1934. His Rhapsody in Blue premiered 100 years ago on Feb. 12, 1924. PhotoQuest / Contributor/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
PhotoQuest / Contributor/Getty Images

'Rhapsody in Blue': After a century, Gershwin's musical melting pot still resonates

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/1230433015/1230835972" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Performers rehearse in January 2018 for the controversial Hungarian State Opera production of George Gershwin's opera Porgy and Bess. Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Attila Kisbenedek/AFP/Getty Images

George Gershwin's beloved An American In Paris features the sounds of taxi horns — but a musicologist argues we've been using the wrong ones. Creative Commons hide caption

toggle caption
Creative Commons

Has 'An American In Paris' Been Honking Up The Wrong Key?

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/468745422/468751796" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Frank Sinatra captured by photographer William "PoPsie" Randolph during a 1943 concert. Author Ben Yagoda points to Sinatra as one of the interpreters who helped revive the Great American Songbook. William "PoPsie" Randolph/Courtesy of Riverhead hide caption

toggle caption
William "PoPsie" Randolph/Courtesy of Riverhead

When Pop Broke Up With Jazz

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/379086600/379419947" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Warner Archives

Astaire, Burns, Allen In 'Distress' In London Town

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/140039319/142342281" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gustavo Dudamel leads the L.A. Philharmonic and pianist Herbie Hancock in an all-Gershwin season opener. Matthew Imaging/Los Angeles Philharmonic hide caption

toggle caption
Matthew Imaging/Los Angeles Philharmonic

Audra McDonald (left) and Norm Lewis play the title characters in a new and controversial take on Porgy and Bess. Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater hide caption

toggle caption
Michael J. Lutch/Courtesy of the American Repertory Theater

'Porgy And Bess': Messing With A Classic

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/139784251/139831889" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Gordon Goodwin arranged "Rhapsody In Blue" for his Big Phat Band. Concord Music Group hide caption

toggle caption
Concord Music Group

A Big, Phat 'Rhapsody In Blue'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/137089508/137099138" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Judy Garland (right) sang "I Got Rhythm" in the 1943 movie version of the 1930s musical Girl Crazy. Courtesy of MGM hide caption

toggle caption
Courtesy of MGM

The free-spirited cellist Matt Haimovitz. Steph Mackinnon hide caption

toggle caption
Steph Mackinnon

Hear Matt Haimovitz and Uccello play Gershwin's "Liza"

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/131171286/131174173" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

Hear Marin Alsop and Scott Simon Discuss Gershwin On 'Weekend Edition Saturday'

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/120311185/120416116" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Violinlist William Harvey teaches a student in the Philippines. From the Top hide caption

toggle caption
From the Top

Leonard Bernstein. Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Getty Images

Ted Libbey And Fred Child Recommend Gershwin's Rhapsody In Blue

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/105855746/105523368" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

An attention-grabbing opening can be the key to a successful composition. Wikimedia Commons hide caption

toggle caption
Wikimedia Commons

Hear What Makes A Great Musical Opening

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/99009941/99010088" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">

American composer George Gershwin in 1925. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

toggle caption
Hulton Archive/Getty Images

Hear 'Summertime' And What Makes It Great

  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/95761927/95761675" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">