George Gershwin – Tin Pan Alley to Broadway
Gershwin’s journey from New York’s Jewish Lower East Side to the glamour of Broadway
George Gershwin (1898-1937) is a composer who remains unsurpassed in his ability to transcend the bridges between popular, jazz and classical music.
In just 20 years he became one of the most famous musicians in America and audiences worldwide were shocked by his sudden death at the age 38.
George Gershwin, along with his brother Ira, started out as a lowly song plugger in New York’s infamous Tin Pan Alley and within a matter of a few years was having works performed on Broadway.
In the first programme of this week's Composer of the Week Donald MacLeod tells the story of Gershwin’s rise to success and presents some of the earliest published works.