George Gershwin

Biography

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: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 07/03/2001   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 92497   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess / Owens, Mitchell, SF Opera
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Catalog: 2059638   Number of Discs: 2
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Anne Brown, Todd Duncan
Release Date: 04/28/1992   Label: Mca  
Catalog: 10520   Number of Discs: 1
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A Gershwin Night / Ozawa, Marcus Roberts Trio, Berlin PO
Release Date: 02/22/2005   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2053098   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon, Et Al
Release Date: 09/13/2005   Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century  
Catalog: 76832   Number of Discs: 3
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Work: An American in Paris

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  • 26.
    Gershwin: An American in Paris / Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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  • 27.
    The Jazz Age For Piano Duo / Goldstone & Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25089 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Edward Burlingame Hill,  Darius Milhaud,  Alexander Moyzes  ... 
    Performer:  Anthony Goldstone,  Caroline Clemmow
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  • 28.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 29.
    American Classics / Baltimore, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  John Baltimore
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Gershwin: Piano Duets / Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6690 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
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  • 31.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Gould: Latin-american Symphonette
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06691 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Pennario
    Conductor:  Felix Slatkin
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  • 32.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / Andre Previn
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782120 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 34.
    Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks   Catalog: 28050 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Christopher O'Riley
    Conductor:  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Andre Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years 1971-1980
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67969 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Carl Orff,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 36.
    Gershwin Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 742562 Release Date: 03/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris, Etc / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417326 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Gerswin: An American In Paris, Ives: Symphony No 2 / Bernstein, Nyp, Bavarian Radio
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001227109 Release Date: 11/25/2008  
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris, Etc / Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425111 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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  • 40.
    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184512 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Edda Moser,  Rosemarie Lang,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Kurt Masur,  Václav Neumann,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Label: Redwood Recordings   Catalog: 5637445388 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
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  • 42.
    The Pyongyang Concert / Maazel, NYP [Blu-ray]
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056944 Release Date: 09/30/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Bizet,  George Gershwin,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 43.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris;  Bernstein / Ozawa
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 419625 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  William Russo
    Performer:  Corky Siegel
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 44.
    The Pyongyang Concert / Maazel, New York Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056948 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Georges Bizet,  George Gershwin,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 45.
    Toscanini Collection Vol 38 - Gershwin, Grofé, Barber
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 60307 Release Date: 07/23/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé,  Samuel Barber,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  NBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 47.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess Suite / Stockigt, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1336 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Stockigt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Gershwin / Previn, Rattle, Slatkin, London So, St. Louis So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6628 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Simon Rattle,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Gershwin / United States Army Concert Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT07329 Release Date: 05/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joseph Holt
    Conductor:  Thomas Rotondi Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Concert Band
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  • 50.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris, Etc;  Ravel / Roge, Billy, Vienna Rso
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 623 Release Date: 03/25/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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