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: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
Release Date: 09/02/2008   Label: Virgin Classics  
Catalog: 22101   Number of Discs: 1
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We Got Rhythm - A Gershwin Songbook / Previn, Finck
Release Date: 05/12/1998   Label: Deutsche Grammophon  
Catalog: 453493   Number of Discs: 1
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The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess / Mauceri, Et Al
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 000743102   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 1.
    Broadway - Lafayette: Ravel, Lasser, Gershwin / Simone Dinnerstein
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503245 Release Date: 02/24/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Philip Lasser,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Simone Dinnerstein
    Conductor:  Kristjan Järvi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Middle German Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 2.
    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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    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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    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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    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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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris
    Label: Apo (Analogue Production Originals)   Catalog: 2367 Release Date: 06/10/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
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  • 9.
    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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    Istvan Kertesz: The London Years
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002033602 Release Date: 04/15/2014   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Johannes Brahms,  Anton Bruckner,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Walter Berry,  Christa Ludwig,  Pilar Lorengar,  Erzsébet Komlossy  ... 
    Conductor:  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  Brighton Festival Chorus  ... 
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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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  • 12.
    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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  • 13.
    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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    Common Ground
    Label: Alma   Catalog: 21213 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Edward Yadzinski,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Chris Donnelly,  Kornel Wolak
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    Gershwin For Two Pianos
    Label: Rivermont   Catalog: 2227 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Richard Dowling,  Frederick Hodges
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    Shades Of Gray
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3251 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Gernot Wolfgang,  Mark Carlson,  Bill Cunliffe  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Gray,  Bill Cunliffe,  Judith Farmer,  Joanne Pearce Martin  ... 
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    Gary Graffman - The Complete RCA & Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 546239 Release Date: 09/24/2013   Number of Discs: 24
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  Berl Senofsky,  Shirley Trepel,  Dick Hyman  ... 
    Conductor:  George Szell,  Enrique Jorda,  Charles Munch,  Walter Hendl  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 18.
    Music For Your Star Sign: Libra
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67062 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Krpan,  Dieter Goldmann,  Ratko Delorko,  Ciril Skerjanec
    Conductor:  Hanspeter Gmür,  Alfred Scholz,  Anton Nanut
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  • 19.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss,  John Fullam
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559750 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss,  John Fullam
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Variations On America / Rudolf Innig
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9171809 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Gioachino Rossini,  Dudley Buck,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Innig
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    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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  • 24.
    Rhapsody / Vida Guitar Quartet
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Malcolm Arnold,  David Crittenden,  Adam Gorb
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  VIDA Guitar Quartet
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  • 25.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Matsuev, Gilbert
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 549260 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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