Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts
Wheaton College
First-Year Seminar


FYS Section A16. Sweet and Low Down: The Music of George Gershwin

Composer George Gershwin (1898-1837) is one of the most immediately recognizable figures in all of American music. He wrote music ranging from individual songs, musical comedies, and film scores to piano concertos and his magnum opus, the folk opera Porgy and Bess. Along the way, he synthesized jazz, classical music, and the ethnic music he heard in his native New York to create a sound that has become a quintessential part of our American musical voice. We will examine how he created this unique, memorable sound and how his musical legacy still shapes American music in our time.

Ann SearsAnn Sears
Professor of Music, Director of Music in Performance