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
Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 19   Number of Discs: 1
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Convergence - The Music Of Stewart & Gershwin
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 5892   Number of Discs: 1
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Copland, Barber, Gershwin / Frederik, Curtis, 	Orchestra Of The Swan
Release Date: 01/08/2013   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 118   Number of Discs: 1
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    Discover Piano Classics
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 0300719 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Erik Satie,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Gulda,  Andrej Hoteev,  Jeroen van Veen,  Matthias Kirschnereit  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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    The Oberlin Orchestra in China
    Label: Oberlin Music   Catalog: 6 Release Date: 05/13/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Qi Ming Lu,  Lu Zheng,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Rosenkranz
    Conductor:  Bridget-Michaele Reischl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oberlin Orchestra
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    Tutti: Orchestral Arrangements for Piano Four Hands / Shelest Piano Duo
    Label: Sorel Classics   Catalog: 002 Release Date: 05/10/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bedrich Smetana,  Franz Liszt,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Shelest Piano Duo
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    Simon Rattle & His Soloists: The CBSO Years
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555058 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 15
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franz Liszt,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Jean Sibelius  ... 
    Performer:  Cécile Ousset,  Nigel Kennedy,  Lynn Harrell,  Marielle Labčque  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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    Gershwin: Orchestrations by Grofe - Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn / Harmonie Ensemble
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907677 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Alfred Gallodoro
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble
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    Manhattan Intermezzo / Jeffrey Biegel, Brown University Orchestra
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573490 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Neil Sedaka,  Keith Emerson,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Biegel
    Conductor:  Paul Phillips
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brown University Orchestra
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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    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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    Earl Wild: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 503074 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Franz Xaver Scharwenka,  Mily Balakirev,  Nikolai Medtner  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Cardillo,  Earl Wild,  Robert Bloom
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
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    Happy Go Lucky
    Label: Klanglogo   Catalog: 1516 Release Date: 11/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Edvard Grieg,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Burhan Ocal,  Howard Griffiths,  Giulietta Koch,  Istanbul Oriental Ensemble  ... 
    Conductor:  Howard Griffiths
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Istanbul Oriental Ensemble
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    Preludes & Rhapsodies
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buzz Ensemble
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  • 12.
    Rhapsody In Blue
    Label: Coviello Classics   Catalog: 91510 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Isaac Albeniz,  Mark Glentworth,  Allen Shawn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blue Chamber Quartet
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    Seiji Ozawa: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 2564613951 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Alexander Borodin,  Béla Bartók,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Alexis Weissenberg,  Michel Béroff,  Masuko Ushioda  ... 
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris,  Japan Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Mercury Living Presence - The Collector's Edition Vol 3
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 002275902 Release Date: 03/23/2015   Number of Discs: 53
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Lehár,  Emil Waldteufel,  Johann Strauss Jr.  ... 
    Performer:  Rafael Druian,  Georges Miquelle,  Eugene List,  Alfred Mouledous  ... 
    Conductor:  Antal Doráti,  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski,  Frederick Fennell,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Hungarica  ... 
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    Broadway-Lafayette - Ravel, Lasser, Gershwin / Simone Dinnerstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503245 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Philip Lasser,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 16.
    Stravinsky, Ravel, Gershwin: Transcriptions And Original Piano Works
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 696 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
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    Gershwin, Bach, Bozza, Weill, Meyers, Piazzolla
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 218 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Kurt Weill,  Eugčne Bozza  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Clair-Obscur Saxophone Quartet
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    Classics For The People Vol 2 / Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
    Label: Brilliant Classics   Catalog: 94935 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Franz von Suppé,  John Philip Sousa,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Lucy Parham,  Deborah Norman,  Timothy Gill,  Roderick Elms
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Barry Wordsworth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Goldsmiths' Choral Union
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  • 19.
    Gershwin: Take Two / Simon Tedeschi
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4810629 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Simon Tedeschi,  James Morrison,  Sarah Mckenzie
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  • 20.
    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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  • 21.
    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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    American Rhapsody: Gottschalk, Barber, Wild, Gershwin
    Label: Antes Edition   Catalog: 319292 Release Date: 08/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Samuel Barber,  Earl Wild,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Catherine Gordeladze
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  • 24.
    To Be American: A Musical Tribute To God & Country
    Label: Millennial Choirs & Orchestras   Catalog: 5638299206 Release Date: 07/01/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Brett Stewart,  William Billings,  Patrick S. Gilmore  ... 
    Performer:  Robin Cecil,  Ryan Tilby,  Heather Stewart,  Brandon Stewart  ... 
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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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