Playlist: the influence of George Gershwin

Wednesday, January 9, 2019 - 15:45

Know any good George Gershwin numbers? Sure, you do. In fact there’s a chance you actually know more than you realise. From his first major classical work Rhapsody in Blue through celebrated operas Blue Monday and Porgy & Bess to the scores for Broadway musicals such as Oh, Kay! and Girl Crazy, and the films Shall We Dance and A Damsel in Distress, the music of George Gershwin which soundtracked interwar America.

On Sunday 10 February 2019 composer and Troy Miller played homage to the great American composer with a special Gershwin Reimagined concert here at our Royal Festival Hall. With the Philharmonia Orchestra and singers Laura Mvula and Shaun Escoffery, composer and producer Miller presented spectacular new arrangements of unforgettable classics including Summertime, I Got Rhythm and Embraceable You.

In anticipation of that event we put together this special playlist featuring covers of George Gershwin’s iconic works, including Someone to Watch Over Me and It Aint Necessarily So, as well as tracks that have sampled Gershwin pieces, such as Madonna’s In This Life. And, well, we need no excuse to enjoy it all over again.


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