The Life and Times of George Gershwin

The Life and Times of George Gershwin

by Jim Whiting

Hardcover(Library Binding - Library Edition)



George Gershwin couldn't seem to stay out of trouble when he was a boy. He was a tough kid who got in a lot of fights and frequently skipped school. When his family bought a piano, his life was transformed. He quickly mastered the instrument, and then dropped out of school when he was fifteen to become a musician. Within a year, he had sold his first song. When he was 20, he wrote his first big hit. Five years after that, Rhapsody in Blue catapulted him to international fame. With his brother Ira as lyricist, George went on to compose some of the most famous musicals of the twentieth century, and he wrote several movie scores.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781584152798
Publisher: Mitchell Lane Pub Inc
Publication date: 11/01/2004
Series: Masters of Music: The World's Greatest Composers Series
Edition description: Library Edition
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

Table of Contents

Chapter 1
National Pride7
FYInfo: Sports and Politics11
Chapter 2
From the Streets to the Piano13
FYInfo: The Spanish-American War17
Chapter 3
Tin Pan Alley19
FYInfo: Another Famous Songwriter23
Chapter 4
Rhapsody in Blue25
FYInfo: FBI's Top Cop29
Chapter 5
Hard Times31
FYInfo: The Coming of the New Deal35
Chapter 6
Go West, Young Man37
FYInfo: The Author of Peter Pan41
Timeline in History43
Chapter Notes45
Further Reading46
Works Consulted46
Selected Works47

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