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: Preludes, Songs;  Corea: Children's Songs / Bates
Release Date: 09/04/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550341   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559107   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin In Black And White / Haskell Small
Release Date: 10/05/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2174   Number of Discs: 1
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The George Gershwin Songbook / Julie Hill, Craig Bohmler
Release Date: 08/12/2000   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2322   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Gershwin
Release Date: 02/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556686   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 201.
    The Complete Gershwin- Works For Piano & Orchestra / Siegel
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5007 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Siegel,  George Silfies,  John Korman,  Yuan Tung  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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  • 202.
    20th Century Original Piano Transcriptions / Louis Lortie
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 8733 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Igor Stravinsky
    Performer:  Louis Lortie,  Helene Mercier
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  • 203.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/American In Paris
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550295 Release Date: 06/30/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kathryn Selby
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 204.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60834 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  George Duvivier,  Bobby Rosengarden,  Peter Nero
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 205.
    Leonard Bernstein - A Tribute
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46701 Release Date: 12/27/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  William Vacchiano,  Leonard Bernstein,  John-Paul Bogart
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 206.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris / Bernstein
    Label: Cbs Great Performances   Catalog: 37242 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 207.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Kunzel, List, Cincinnati
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80058 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
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  • 208.
    Manhattan - Original Soundtrack
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 36020 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gary Graffman
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 209.
    Oscar Levant Plays Gershwin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42514 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Morton Gould Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Trinity University Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 595 Release Date: 01/01/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frank Ticheli,  Juan Orrego-Salas,  Richard D. Wetzel  ... 
    Conductor:  Eugene Carinci
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trinity University Wind Symphony
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  • 211.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / K & M Lebčque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 400022 Release Date: 02/15/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labčque,  Katia Labčque
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  • 212.
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8560013 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edvard Grieg,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Takako Nishizaki,  István Székely
    Conductor:  Alexander Rahbari,  Anthony Bramall,  Zdenek Kosler,  Daniel Nazareth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana  ... 
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