Gershwin’s Concerto was premiered on December 3, 1925, in Carnegie Hall – the epicentre of New York’s classical music scene. It belongs to a group of self-imposed “experiments” with which the composter sought to make inroads into “serious” music: “I have only written three ‘opuses’ so far – ‘The Blue Monday Opera,’ ‘The Rhapsody in Blue’ and the ‘Concerto.’ I have devoted much time to these works, but they are, of course, not my regular work. They are experiments – laboratory work in American music.” For his edition, Norbert Gertsch reviewed a multitude of autograph and printed sources in the USA and for the first time presents an Urtext edition of this very popular piano concerto suffused by the jazz idiom. At the same time, Breitkopf & Härtel offers both the full score and orchestral parts by the same editor.
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The most successful composer of musicals in the 1920s, he wrote 28 musicals, largely to lyrics by his brother Ira, and more than 500 songs (including for 23 musicals by others). His fame today is based on his symphonic works and his opera “Porgy and Bess.”
1898 Born Jacob Gershwine into ordinary circumstances in Brooklyn (New York) on September 26.
1912 Piano studies with Charles Hambitzer. The music of Berlin and Kern serves as his model.
1914–17 Employment in Tin Pan Alley as a song plugger for Jerome H. Remick and Company, publishers of popular music. Soon thereafter employed as a rehearsal pianist.
1918 Composer of songs for publisher T. B. Harms.
1919 First Broadway musical “La La Lucille.”
1915–21 Studies theory with Edward Kilenyi, a pupil of Mascagni.
1920–24 Music for the revues “George White’s Scandals.”
1921 Attends summer courses at New York’s Columbia University.
1924 “Rhapsody in Blue” for the band of Paul Whiteman, the then-king of jazz; the musical “Lady, Be Good!”, starring Fred and Adele Astaire, and his first collaboration with his brother Ira, serves as his breakthrough as a composer for theater.
1925 Piano Concerto in F major.
1926 Premiere of the musical “Oh, Kay!”
1926/28 Travels to Europe.
1928 Symphonic poem “An American in Paris.”
1930 Premiere of the musical “Girl Crazy.”
1931 Score for the film “Delicious.”
1935 Premiere of the opera “Porgy and Bess,” today his best-known stage work.
1936 Score for the film “Shall We Dance?”
1937 Death in Los Angeles on July 11.