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Encyclopedia > Ira Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Born December 6, 1896
New York City
Died August 17, 1983
Beverly Hills

Ira Gershwin (6 December 189617 August 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century. December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... Nickname: Big Apple, Gotham, NYC, City That Never Sleeps, The Concrete Jungle, The City So Nice They Named It Twice Location in the state of New York Coordinates: Country United States State New York Boroughs The Bronx Brooklyn Manhattan Queens Staten Island Settled 1676  - Mayor Michael Bloomberg (R) Area    - City... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For other uses, see: Beverly Hills (disambiguation). ... December 6 is the 340th day (341st on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1896 (MDCCCXCVI) was a leap year starting on Wednesday (link will display calendar). ... August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A composer is a person who writes music. ... // George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer who wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works in collaboration with his elder brother lyricist Ira Gershwin. ...


With George he wrote more than a dozen Broadway shows, featuring songs such as "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love" and "Someone to Watch Over Me," and the opera Porgy and Bess. Broadway theatre[1] is often considered the highest professional form of theatre in the United States. ... George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927. ... Embraceable You is a popular song. ... The Man I Love can refer to: The Man I Love, a film The Man I Love, a popular song Category: ... Someone to Watch Over Me is an episode from the fifth season of Star Trek: Voyager. ... The cast of Porgy and Bess during the Boston try-out prior to the Broadway opening. ...


The success the brothers had with their collaborative works has often overshadowed the creative role that Ira played. However, his mastery of songwriting continued after the early death of George; and he wrote further hit songs with composers Jerome Kern ("Long Ago (And Far Away)", Kurt Weill and Harold Arlen. Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of popular music. ... Long Ago (and Far Away) is a popular song. ... An album of Weills music by operatic soprano Teresa Stratas… …and one by industrial music band The Young Gods. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


His critically-acclaimed book Lyrics on Several Occasions of 1959, an amalgam of autobiography and annotated anthology, is an important source for studying the art of the lyricist in the golden age of American popular song. Year 1959 (MCMLIX) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Biography

Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershowitz) was reportedly shy as a young boy and spent most of his time at home reading. However, from grammar school through college he played a prominent part in several school newspapers and magazines. He graduated from Townsend Harris High School where he met Yip Harburg. While his younger brother began composing and “plugging” in Tin Pan Alley from the age of sixteen, Ira worked as a cashier in his father’s Turkish baths. It was not until 1921 that Ira became involved in the music business. Alex Aarons signed Ira to write the music for his next show (ultimately produced by Abraham Erlanger), Two Little Girls in Blue, with co-composers Vincent Youmans and Paul Lannin. His lyrics were well received and allowed him to successfully enter the theatre world with just one show. Grammar school can refer to various types of schools in different English-speaking countries. ... Townsend Harris High School is a public magnet high school for the humanities in the borough of Queens in New York City. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Tin Pan Alley was the name given to the collection of New York City-centered music publishers and songwriters who dominated the popular music of the United States in the late 19th century and early 20th century. ... A Turkish bath is a method of cleansing the body and relaxation that was particularly popular during the Victorian era. ... Year 1921 (MCMXXI) was a common year starting on Saturday (see link for full calendar). ... Vincent Youmans (September 27, 1898 - April 5, 1946) was an American popular composer and Broadway producer. ...


It wasn’t until 1924 that Ira and George teamed up to write the music for their first Broadway hit, Lady, Be Good! Once the brothers joined together, their combined talents became one of the most influential forces in the history of American Musical Theatre. Together, they wrote the music for over twelve shows and four films. Some of their more famous works include “The Man I Love”, “Fascinating Rhythm”, “Someone to Watch Over Me”, “I Got Rhythm” “Summertime” and “They Can't Take That Away from Me”. Their partnership continued up until George’s sudden death from a brain tumor in 1937. 1924 (MCMXXIV) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar). ... Lady Be Good (title sometimes presented with an exclamation point) is the title of a Broadway musical play that was written by Guy Bolton, Fred Thompson, featured music by George and Ira Gershwin. ... The Man I Love is a popular standard, with music by George Gershwin and lyrics by his brother Ira. ... Fascinating Rhythm is a popular song. ... Someone to Watch Over Me is an episode from the fifth season of Star Trek: Voyager. ... George Gershwin photograph by Edward Steichen in 1927. ... Summertime is the name of an aria composed by George Gershwin for the 1935 opera Porgy and Bess. ... They Cant Take That Away From Me is a 1937 song (see 1937 in music) written by George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin and first performed by Fred Astaire in the movie Shall We Dance (1937). ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ...


Following his brother’s death, Ira waited nearly three years before writing again. After this interlude, he teamed up with such accomplished composers as Jerome Kern, Kurt Weill, and Harold Arlen. Over the next fourteen years, Ira continued to write the lyrics for many film scores and a few Broadway shows. Jerome David Kern (January 27, 1885 – November 11, 1945) was an American composer of popular music. ... An album of Weills music by operatic soprano Teresa Stratas… …and one by industrial music band The Young Gods. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


Ira died on August 17, 1983, and is now interred in the Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York. Together, the Gershwin siblings left behind a legacy that would help shape American Musical Theatre. Solely, Ira played a huge part in bringing about a new type of song lyric: a smart, witty, vernacular style that the common man could relate to and enjoy. August 17 is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Westchester Hills Cemetery, approximately 20 miles north of New York City, was established at 400 Saw Mill River Road in Hastings-on-Hudson, Westchester County, New York. ... Hastings-on-Hudson is a village in Westchester County, New York, United States. ...


American singer, pianist, musical historian Michael Feinstein worked for Ira in the lyricist's latter years, helping him with his archive. Several lost musical treasures were unearthed during this period and Feinstein performed some of the material. Categories: Possible copyright violations ...


Legacy

The music of George and Ira Gershwin runs deep in the American consciousness. The opening clarinet glissando from Rhapsody in Blue, the taxi horn theme from An American in Paris and the songs — "I Got Rhythm," "Embraceable You," "The Man I Love," "Someone to Watch Over Me," "Fascinating Rhythm," and many others — are instantly recognizable. Cover of the original sheet music of the two piano version of Rhapsody in Blue. ... An American in Paris is a symphonic composition by American composer George Gershwin which debuted in 1928. ...


Ira Gershwin was a joyous listener to the sounds of the modern world. He noted in a diary: "Heard in a day: An elevator's purr, telephone's ring, telephone's buzz, a baby's moans, a shout of delight, a screech from a `flat wheel,' hoarse honks, a hoarse voice, a tinkle, a match scratch on sandpaper, a deep resounding boom of dynamiting in the impending subway, iron hooks on the gutter."


In 2007, The Library of Congress named their Prize for Popular Song after him and his brother George. Recognizing the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture, the prize will be given annually to a composer or performer whose lifetime contributions exemplify the standard of excellence associated with the Gershwins. On March 1st, 2007, Paul Simon, one of America’s most respected songwriters and musicians, was announced to be the recipient of the first annual Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... The Great Hall interior. ... Popular music, sometimes abbreviated pop music, is music belonging to any of a number of musical styles that are broadly popular. ... March 1 is the 60th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar (61st in leap years). ... 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the Anno Domini (common) era. ... Paul Frederic Simon (born October 13, 1941) is an American singer-songwriter and guitarist, half of the folk-singing duo Simon and Garfunkel who continues a successful solo career. ... Named in honor of the legendary George Gershwin and Ira Gershwin, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song recognizes the profound and positive effect of popular music on the world’s culture. ...


Further reading

  • Ira Gerswhin - Lyrics on Several Occasions: a selection of stage and screen lyrics written for sundry situations and now arranged in arbitrary categories, to which have been added many informative annotations and disquistions on their why and wherefore, their whom-for, their how, and matters associative (1959)

References

  • Rosenberg, Deena (1991). Fascinating Rhythm: The Collaboration of George and Ira Gershwin. Penguin Books USA Inc.. ISBN 0-525-93356-5. 

External links

  • Gershwin fan site
  • Library of Congress Gershwin collection


The World of Porgy and Bess

Book and play - Opera
Creators: George Gershwin - Ira Gershwin - DuBose Heyward - Dorothy Heyward
Media: Discography - Film adaptation
Songs and adaptations: "Summertime" - "Catfish Row"

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Ira Gershwin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (822 words)
Ira Gershwin (6 December 1896 17 August 1983) was an American lyricist who collaborated with his younger brother, composer George Gershwin, to create some of the most memorable songs of the 20th century.
Ira Gershwin (born Israel Gershowitz) was reportedly very shy as a young boy and spent most of his time at home reading.
Ira died on August 15, 1983, and is now interred in the Westchester Hills Cemetery, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York.
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