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    Default George Gershwin

    Famous American composer with generally upbeat, jazzy music (early 1900s).

    Here are some pictures:

    http://www.jackgibbons.com/images/Gershwin_in_1936.jpg
    http://www.nndb.com/people/189/00002...e-gershwin.jpg
    http://cache.viewimages.com/xc/26435...5A1E4F32AD3138
    http://www.steveandeydie.com/images/...gigershwin.jpg
    http://www.hofstra.edu/images/cul_Gershwin.jpg

    That's a pretty distinctive face.

    Gerswhin in his element:

    http://www.milkenarchive.org/press/a...t_gershwin.jpg

    And a video of him playing "I've Got Rhythm":



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    George Gershwin is perhaps one of the best-known but most misunderstood of all composers. His association with the world of popular music has led many to underestimate his genius as a composer. Everything he wrote, from his show-tunes to his concert works, bears his unmistakable hallmarks: intelligence and warmth coupled with irresistible and infectious vitality. The same qualities pervaded his piano-playing, which was spectacular not only on a technical level but also for its sheer inventiveness; the improvisations with which he happily regaled New York party-goers in the 1920s and 30s - some of which, fortunately for us, he recorded on 78s and piano-rolls - are amazingly intricate, miniature masterpieces of harmony and rhythm, full of the life and humor of the man.

    According to a friend, Gershwin played "with that delightful zest and relish. There was a naive honesty of enjoyment about him at the piano..." Gershwin never tired of performing, whether to an audience of one or thousands. According to Rouben Mamoulian (first director of Porgy & Bess): "George loved playing the piano for people and would do so at the slightest provocation... I am sure that most of his friends, in thinking of George at his best, think of him at the piano. I’ve heard many pianists and composers play for informal gatherings, but I know of no one who did it with such genuine delight and verve. George at the piano was George happy."


    I first thought ESE looking at the first few photos, but I now think SEE fits him better. His music is a mix of "wham-bang" vitality and slower sentimental sections.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rick View Post
    Famous American composer with generally upbeat, jazzy music (early 1900s).
    Just from the way his music sounds, I always thought he was SLE, but SEE could work. I've never seen him as ESE. The only famous composer I can see as ESE is Tchaikovsky (even though some of the biographical info may contradict that).

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    Any music that invokes nostalgia of a time when I wasn't alive is certainly effective, if nothing else. His music does this and that's why he's one of my favorite composers.

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    Default George Gerswhin

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    He rules. I thought SEE, SLE, and SLI.
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    Se/Ni extrovert.
    "And above all, watch with glittering eyes the whole world around you because the greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. Those who don't believe in magic will never find it." -Roald Dahl

    http://forum.socionix.com/
    It's pretty cool

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