A Hungarian composer, Edward Kilenyi, played an important role in his studies, who from 1915 onwards taught Gershwin how to write music, musical theory and instrumentation and also introduced him to the works of Chopin, Liszt and Debussy. As a young man, he worked in a New York music store as a 'song plugger' - someone who played and sometimes even sang the hits of the day for shoppers. This is how he got to know the ins and outs of hit production, and the full repertoire of the popular music of the era.
The quintet assembled by Béla Szalóky, and complimented by the two outstanding international guests Frank Roberscheuten and Rossano Sportiello, will show us what an important role one of the most influential composers of the 20th century played in the formation of classic jazz and swing.
Presented by: Müpa Budapest
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