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, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
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Catalog: 2059634   Number of Discs: 1
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Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1003   Number of Discs: 1
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American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 12247   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: An American in Paris

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  • 76.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000191902 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  André Previn,  Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 77.
    Gershwin: An American In Paris;  Grainger / K. & M. Labèque
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 75224 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque
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  • 78.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tacchino, Foster
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4608182 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 79.
    Expanded Edition - Gershwin, Grofe, Etc / Bernstein, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 90393 Release Date: 09/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Benny Goodman,  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    Gershwin Plays Rhapsody In Blue - First Recording 1924 From Rare Piano Rolls
    Label: Shout Factory   Catalog: 30120 Release Date: 05/13/2003  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  J. Lawrence Cook,  Rudy Martin,  Max Kortlander,  George Gershwin  ... 
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  • 81.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture, Etc/ Dorati, Etc
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 473844 Release Date: 03/11/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 82.
    Essential Gershwin - 20 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472780 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  Patti Austin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bernard Herrmann,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  London Festival Orchestra Ensemble  ... 
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  • 83.
    Russo: Street Music;  Gershwin / Ozawa, Corky Siegel, Et Al
    Label: Dg The Originals   Catalog: 463665 Release Date: 07/16/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  William Russo
    Performer:  Corky Siegel,  Jim Schwall,  Al Radford,  Shelly Plotkin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  The Siegel-Schwall Band
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  • 84.
    Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559107 Release Date: 05/21/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Russell Bennett,  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Zealand Symphony Orchestra
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  • 85.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Cuban Overture, Etc / Marshall
    Label: Virgin Classics Special Import   Catalog: 62056 Release Date: 05/07/2002   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 86.
    Original Jacket Collection - Leonard Bernstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 89750 Release Date: 12/04/2001   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Jean Sibelius,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Raymond Sabinsky,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 87.
    Gershwin - Orchestral Works / Wild, Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca 24/96 Sound Dimension   Catalog: 68019 Release Date: 10/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 88.
    Historic Two-piano Wizardry - Morley & Gearhart Rediscovered
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72004 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Egbert Anson Van Alstyne,  John Waldo Green,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Virginia Morley,  Livingston Gearhart
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  • 89.
    The Best Of Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, I Got Rhythm, Etc
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80542 Release Date: 01/23/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John O'Conor,  William Tritt,  Harolyn Blackwell
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 90.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 91.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris Etc / Ivan Davis Et Al
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4674102 Release Date: 09/04/2000  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Detroit Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 92.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / An American In Paris
    Label: Eloquence   Catalog: 4581742 Release Date: 08/01/1999  
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Lorin Maazel,  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Mark Anderson
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  • 94.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F, Etc / Previn
    Label: Emi Great Recordings Of The Century   Catalog: 66943 Release Date: 03/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Gervase de Peyer
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Label: Avid Classical Masters   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 12/15/1998  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  George Gershwin
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  • 96.
    The Fantastic World Of George Gershwin / Jeffrey Reid Baker
    Label: Jrb   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker
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  • 97.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Maazel, Fiedler
    Label: Penguin Classics   Catalog: 460612 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivan Davis
    Conductor:  Frank Chacksfield,  Arthur Fiedler,  Lorin Maazel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Frank Chacksfield & His Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 98.
    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 99.
    Gershwin: Complete Orchestral Collection / Erich Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80445 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Tritt,  Tim Berens,  Stewart Goodyear
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Pops,  Central State University Chorus
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  • 100.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Stanley Black
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 448953 Release Date: 11/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  Stanley Black,  Robert Farnon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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