George Gershwin (September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer. He was born Jacob Gershowitz in Brooklyn, New York to Russian Jewish immigrant parents, the second of four children. George wrote most of his vocal and theatrical works together with his elder brother lyricist Ira Gershwin. Gershwin composed both for Broadway and for the classical concert hall. He also wrote popular songs with success. Perhaps most notably his epic works An American in Paris and Rhapsody in Blue which has been featured on many classical music compilations, the animated Disney movie Fantasia 2000, and has been popularly revered as one of the greatest pieces of classical music of the 20th century.