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 & Bess / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Euroarts  
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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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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Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
Release Date: 09/07/2005   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 19   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel Meets Gershwin / Rattle, Reeves, Berlin Philharmonic
Release Date: 08/30/2011   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2053648   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess / Wild, Whiteman
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70702 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 203.
    Piano - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3622 Release Date: 03/03/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Russell Sherman,  Marian Pivka,  Raymond Spasovski,  Garrison Kent  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czech Philharmonic Orchestra,  Slavonic Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 204.
    Grand Piano - The Composer Plays / Gershwin, Granados, Et Al
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8813 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Enrique Granados
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Enrique Granados
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  • 205.
    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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  • 206.
    Bernstein Century - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Grofe
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 63086 Release Date: 10/28/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ferde Grofé,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  John Corigliano Sr.,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 207.
    Gershwin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3619 Release Date: 07/22/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo,  Russell Sherman,  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Pops Orchestra,  Rochester Pops,  Orchestra of the Americas  ... 
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  • 208.
    Rhapsody In Blue / Arthur Fiedler, Earl Wild, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 68792 Release Date: 06/17/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 209.
    Gershwin: Dayful Of Song / Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3216 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Andrew Litton,  Stephen Girko
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 210.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue;  Falla, Franck / Entremont, Etc
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 62643 Release Date: 03/04/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  César Franck,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 211.
    Masur Edition - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Ravel
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 9158 Release Date: 09/24/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Rapp,  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Kurt Hiltawsky
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 212.
    Trumpet Rhapsody / Timofei Dokschitzer
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 32045 Release Date: 03/26/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Arutiunian,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alexander Glazunov,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel  ... 
    Performer:  Timofei Dokshitser
    Conductor:  Gennadi Rozhdestvensky,  Rudolf Barshai,  Alexander Lazarev,  Anatoly Maltsev
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bolshoi Theatre Orchestra,  Moscow Chamber Orchestra,  USSR Ministry of Defense Symphonic Band
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  • 213.
    Brown, Gershwin, Joplin, Teike, Von Suppé: Organ Music
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 583 Release Date: 01/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Brown,,  George Gershwin,  Scott Joplin,  Carl Teike  ... 
    Performer:  Guy Bovet
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  • 214.
    Rhapsody In Brass - George Gershwin / Munich Brass
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 306931 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Giuseppe Solera,  Norman Shelter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Brass Ensemble
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  • 215.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4147 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph
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  • 216.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Et Al / Cincinnati Wind Symphony
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 1047 Release Date: 11/04/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vincent Persichetti,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Nicholas Maw,  Edward Gregson  ... 
    Performer:  William Black
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cincinnati College-Conservatory Wind Symphony
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  • 217.
    100 Fiedler Favorites
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62698 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Jacob Gade,  Stevie Wonder,  George Cory,  Jerry Herman  ... 
    Performer:  Leo Litwin,  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Toni Noichl  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 218.
    Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dag Achatz
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  • 219.
    Cellier, Weiner, Et Al / Edward Tarr, Elisabeth Westenholz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 152 Release Date: 09/22/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanley Weiner,  Fritz Eugen H. Werner,  Alexandre Cellier,  Paul Hindemith  ... 
    Performer:  Elisabeth Westenholz,  Edward H. Tarr
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  • 220.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64060 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Claus Adam,  Raphael Hillyer,  Earl Carlyss,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 221.
    Bernstein: West Side Story; Gershwin, Etc / Dufallo, Lortie
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9210 Release Date: 07/26/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Igor Stravinsky,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Harmen de Boer,  Louis Lortie
    Conductor:  Richard Duffalo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Netherlands Wind Ensemble
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  • 222.
    Classical Music For People Who Hate Classical Music
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 62664 Release Date: 07/19/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alexander Borodin,  George Gershwin,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Pasquale Cardillo,  Earl Wild,  Leonard Pennario,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Fritz Reiner,  Richard Kapp,  Géza Anda  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 223.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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  • 224.
    101 Great Orchestral Classics Vol 2
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 551142 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Sr.,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Stefan Vladar,  Kathryn Selby
    Conductor:  Ondrej Lenárd,  Barry Wordsworth,  István Bogár,  Jaroslav Krcek  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Capella Istropolitana,  Budapest Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 225.
    Gershwin Weekend
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 436570 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Lorin Maazel,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mantovani & His Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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