By clicking the blue title link above, you will be treated to a postmortem appraisal of the American composer George Gershwin (1898 – 1937), creator of "Rhapsody in Blue". The article was written by one of his contemporaries; Gershwin is admired in this article, but not idolized:
"No one could have been more surprised than George Gershwin at the furor the "Rhapsody" caused in highbrow circles. He had dashed it off in three weeks as an experiment in a form that he only vaguely understood. In no sense had he deliberately set out to make an honest woman out of jazz."
...he was no American Mozart, but when he died he was our most important composer. And while he wrote no great music, I chose to believe that he would have written it."