George Gershwin


Born: 1898   Died: 1937   Country: USA   Period: 20th Century
In a career tragically cut short in mid-stride by a brain tumor, George Gershwin (1898-1937) proved himself to be not only one of the great songwriters of his extremely rich era, but also a gifted "serious" composer who bridged the worlds of classical and popular music. The latter is all the more striking, given that, of his contemporaries, Gershwin was the most influenced by such styles as jazz and blues.

Gershwin's first
Read more major hit, interpolated into the show Sinbad in 1919, was "Swanee," sung by Al Jolson. Gershwin wrote both complete scores and songs for such variety shoes as George White's Scandals (whose annual editions thus were able to introduce such songs as "I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise" and "Somebody Loves Me").

After 1924, Gershwin worked primarily with his brother Ira as his lyricist. The two scored a series of Broadway hits in the '20s and early '30s, starting with Lady Be Good (1924), which included the song "Fascinatin' Rhythm." 1924 was also the year Gershwin composed his first classical piece, "Rhapsody in Blue," and he would continue to work in the classical field until his death.

By the '30s, the Gershwins had turned to political topics and satire in response to the onset of the Depression, and their Of Thee I Sing became the first musical to win a Pulitzer Prize. In the mid '30s, Gershwin ambitiously worked to meld his show music and classical leanings in the creation of the folk opera Porgy and Bess, with lyrics by Ira and Dubose Heyward. The Gershwins had moved to Hollywood and were engaged in several movie projects at the time of George Gershwin's death. Read less
Gershwin in Hollywood / John Wilson Orchestra
Release Date: 05/13/2016   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 555262  
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The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
Release Date: 07/20/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186021   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: An American in Paris

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  • 1.
    Mehta Conducts Bernstein, Gershwin & Copland [Vinyl]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B002494501 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    111: The Collector's Editions [111 CDs]
    Label: Dg Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002422702 Release Date: 12/11/2015   Number of Discs: 111
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  David Oistrakh,  Igor Oistrakh,  Sviatoslav Richter,  Martha Argerich  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Daniel Barenboim,  Lorin Maazel,  Franz Konwitschny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Amadeus Quartet,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Le  Piano D'argent: Un Conte Musical De Claude Clement
    Label: Little Village   Catalog: 69081004 Release Date: 04/07/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Spoken Word,  Erik Satie,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Alexandre Tharaud,  Kristian Bezuidenhout,  Javier Perianes,  Frank Braley  ... 
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    The Roaring Twenties
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72657 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard A. Whiting,  Aaron Copland,  Benjamin Britten,  Kurt Weill  ... 
    Performer:  Cora Burggraaf
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Calefax
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    Lorin Maazel: The Cleveland Years - Complete Recordings
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002217602 Release Date: 11/10/2014   Number of Discs: 19
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Hector Berlioz,  Mikhail Glinka  ... 
    Performer:  Kenneth Riegel,  Lynn Harrell,  Pascal Rogé,  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Antal Doráti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Detroit Symphony Orchestra
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    Leonard Bernstein Edition - Concertos & Orchestral Works
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 301330 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 80
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonio Vivaldi,  Béla Bartók  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern,  Leonard Bernstein,  Harold Gomberg,  William Heim  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Seiji Ozawa,  Maurice Peress
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Philharmonic members,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    Von Bach Bis Broadway Ii
    Label: Querstand   Catalog: 1324 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Heinrich Schütz,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Irving Berlin,  Aram Khachaturian  ... 
    Performer:  Conny Sommer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus 4 (Trombone Quartet)
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    George Gershwin
    Label: Gia   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Black,  Kimberly Cole Luevano
    Conductor:  Eugene Corporon
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    Label: Gia   Catalog: 934 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Scott McAllister,  George Gershwin,  Artie Shaw,  Kevin Walczyk
    Performer:  Mark Nuccio,  Julie Gray,  Andy Wright,  Chris McWilliams  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas Wind Symphony
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    Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
    Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra   Catalog: 1003 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Elliott Carter,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Ludovic Morlot
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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    RCA Living Stereo Collection, Vol. 1
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 541497 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 60
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Claude Debussy,  Jacques Ibert,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Berj Zamkochian,  John Weicher,  Philip Farkas,  Jascha Heifetz  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  Fritz Reiner,  Kiril Kondrashin,  Arthur Fiedler  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  New England Conservatory Chorus,  New England Conservatory Alumni Chorus  ... 
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  • 13.
    America!: Gershwin, From Broadway To The Concert Hall
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908541 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Jon Nakamatsu,  Jon Manasse,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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    Decca Sound - The Analogue Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001934702 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 54
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Anton Bruckner,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé,  Dame Joan Sutherland,  Marilyn Horne,  Luciano Pavarotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Sir Georg Solti,  Bernard Haitink,  Horst Stein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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    An American In Paris / Tamsin Waley-cohen, Huw Watkins
    Label: Champs Hill Records   Catalog: 59 Release Date: 07/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Performer:  Huw Watkins,  Tamsin Waley-Cohen
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    Gershwin: Piano Meets Percussion
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91226 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johanna Grobner,  Veronika Trisko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Meets Percussion
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    Gershwin: Piano Works / Frank Braley
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501883 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frank Braley
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 2
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001831802 Release Date: 06/04/2013   Number of Discs: 55
    Composer:  Arnold Schoenberg,  Anton Webern,  Alban Berg,  Ottorino Respighi  ... 
    Performer:  Helga Pilarczyk,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Mihaly Székely,  Olga Szönyi  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Rafael Kubelik,  Anatole Fistoulari,  Frederick Fennell  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr, Vol. 29: Frankreich, Amerika & Neue Musik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553273 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Bertrand Chamayou,  Ya-Fei Chuang,  Eva Vogel,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gershwin Quartett (String Quartet)
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  • 21.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Piano Concerto; An American In Paris
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706602 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
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  • 22.
    Brain Rubbish / Swedish Wind Ensemble
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1958 Release Date: 06/19/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Gorb,  Christian Lindberg,  George Gershwin,  Bernardo Adam-Ferrero
    Conductor:  Christian Lindberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Wind Ensemble
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  • 23.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris;   Grofe: Grand Canyon Suite / Schwarz, Seattle Symphony
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8571205 Release Date: 05/29/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé
    Conductor:  Gerard Schwarz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seattle Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Piano Concerto In F
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1386 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson,  Antal Doráti
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  • 25.
    Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Liza Ferschtman, Mario Venzago
    Label: Challenge   Catalog: 72530 Release Date: 02/14/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Liza Ferschtman
    Conductor:  Mario Venzago
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra
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