George Gershwin (1898 - 1937) is regarded as the most important and influential composer of American folk and popular music. He composed work for the orchestra which includes Rhapsody in Blue, an enduring masterpiece unique for its combination of classical music form and jazzy overtures.
The style of his compositions was whimsical yet classy, emotional yet humorous. Most of all, his tunes were simple and yet, full of substance. Standards such as Summertime, Embraceable You, S’wonderful, and Someone To Watch Over Me have withstood the test of time.