|STORY OF A COMPOSER: GEORGE GERSHWIN
Offered by: Manhattan School of Music
Now free from "The Great War", the 1920s saw the nation able to develop its own rich culture. Major cities became centers for innovation in music, shunning European classicism for a freedom that was strictly American. It was out of this ideal that the most famous of our composers, George Gershwin, emerged. An MSM teaching artist will describe the historical and social contexts of his compositions and guide students to discover the features of classical and jazz idioms he incorporated into his musical scores. A creative opportunity for students to use their critical thinking skills, with live performance and analysis of Gershwin’s best-known works, including Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.