Before he died of a brain tumour, George Gershwin (1898–1937) achieved enough to establish a place as one of the most revered American composers in both the classical and popular musical fields. Born in Brooklyn to a Russian immigrant family, he was a brilliant pianist who was soon composing captivating jazz-tinted songs for the popular theatre. He then extended his compositional activities to embrace a piano concerto and the classic American folk-opera Porgy and Bess
(1935). His final work was for Hollywood, and the piece known as Promenade
was used as the accompaniment to Fred Astaire’s ‘Walking the dog’ sequence in the film Shall We Dance?
(1936). The orchestral version used here is by Sol Berkowitz (b1922).
from notes by Andrew Lamb © 1998