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: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 404   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 201.
    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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  • 202.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3137 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  David Maslanka,  Shafer Mahoney  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Missal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble
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  • 203.
    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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  • 204.
    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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  • 205.
    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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  • 206.
    American Journey - Harris, Goldmark, Et Al / Erickson
    Label: Dtr/Direct-to-tape   Catalog: 9807 Release Date: 10/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Roy Harris,  Donald Dumpson,  George Gershwin,  R. Nathaniel Dett  ... 
    Performer:  Clipper Erickson
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  • 207.
    American Rhapsody - A Tribute To George Gershwin / Vienna Arts Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63258 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Joe Lovano,  Ray Anderson,  Anna Lauvergnac  ... 
    Conductor:  Mathias Ruegg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Art Orchestra
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  • 208.
    New World Jazz / Tilson Thomas, New World Symphony
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 68798 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Raksin,  George Antheil,  Paul Hindemith,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Mark Inouye,  Michael Linville,  Jerome Simas,  Mark Niehaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony
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  • 209.
    Souvenirs / Roger Rundle
    Label: Leonarda   Catalog: 344 Release Date: 06/23/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Domenico Scarlatti,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Robert Schumann  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Rundle
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  • 210.
    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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  • 211.
    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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  • 212.
    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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  • 213.
    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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  • 214.
    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:  Robert Farnon,  Stanley Black
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Festival Orchestra
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  • 215.
    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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  • 216.
    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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  • 217.
    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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  • 218.
    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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  • 219.
    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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  • 220.
    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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  • 221.
    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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  • 222.
    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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  • 223.
    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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  • 224.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4147 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph
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  • 225.
    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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