Glorious Gershwin

One of the few composers who successfully blended the jazz and the classical traditions, George Gershwin left a music legacy that ranges from the popular song to the classical concerto. From Tin Pan Alley to Broadway to Hollywood, from Rhapsody in Blue to An American in Paris, from Shall We Dance to Porgy and Bess, and a string of memorable songs as well... Join us as we discover the life and music of the American genius who tried to ‘make a lady out of jazz’.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • Session 1:
    • What do we think of when we think of Gershwin?
    • Gershwin’s Musical Style
    • Social and Historical Background
    • The Musical Landscape in Gershwin’s Time
    • Gershwin’s Musical Style
  • Session 2:
    • The Early Years
    • Tin Pan Alley
    • Broadway Revues
    • Blue Monday
    • Rhapsody in Blue
  • Session 3:
    • Writing musicals
    • Stike Up the Band
    • The Preludes for Piano
    • An American in Paris
  • Session 4:
    • Gershwin and women
    • Of Thee I Sing
    • Porgy and Bess
    • Gershwin in Hollywood
    • Shall We Dance
    • Gershwin’s last years


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Describe elements of Gershwin’s musical style.
  2. List some of Gershwin’s songs and one or two of his more classical works.
  3. Describe some of the major events of Gershwin’s life.
$125 Limited / $113

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08 Feb

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