George Gershwin: Transcriptions for Cello

George Gershwin (1898-1937), American composer who brilliantly crossed the lines between jazz and classical styles,  was born to Russian jewish immigrants and originally named Jakob Gershowitz. He was given a “classical” music education but left school at the age of 15 to become a composer, supporting himself through his work as a bar pianist. He wanted to study with Ravel, who said, “looking at what you earn from your music, I think that it is I who should be studying with you” !

  1. “Summertime” from the Musical “Porgy and Bess”
  1. “I Got Rhythm”