Three Preludes

Choreography by: Mark Morris

Music by: George Gershwin  

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Three Preludes
June 16, 1992, New York State Theater
Original Cast
Mikhail Baryshnikov

George Gershwin (1898-1937) was an American composer and pianist whose first success was the song “Swanee” in 1919. After Rhapsody in Blue was commissioned in 1924 by Paul Whiteman, Gershwin was taken seriously as a composer. In the 20's and 30's he wrote a series of successful musicals and film scores as well as An American in Paris (1928) and the folk opera Porgy and Bess (1934-1935). From 1924 his brother Ira Gershwin wrote nearly all of the lyrics to his vocal music. Gershwin also wrote in the classical idiom, including the Piano Concerto in F Major, and a set of preludes for solo piano.