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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Grand Piano - The Composer Plays / Gershwin, Granados, Et Al
Release Date: 11/18/1997   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 8813   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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Great American Songbook - Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin / Hyman
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 2725   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 226.
    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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  • 227.
    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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  • 228.
    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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  • 229.
    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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  • 230.
    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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  • 231.
    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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  • 232.
    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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  • 233.
    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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  • 234.
    Gershwin: American In Paris, Concerto In F, Etc / Abravanel
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 10017 Release Date: 12/03/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jerome Lowenthal
    Conductor:  Maurice Abravanel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Utah Symphony Orchestra
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  • 235.
    George Gershwin - The Piano Rolls Vol 1
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79287 Release Date: 11/09/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frank Milne,  George Gershwin
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  • 236.
    Basic 100 Vol 30 - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc. / Wild
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61727 Release Date: 10/12/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Pasquale Cardillo
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 237.
    Ravel, Gershwin, Bernstein, Glazunov / Nakarjakov, Markovich
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 77705 Release Date: 09/07/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeanine Rueff,  Reinhold Gliere,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Zdenék Fibich  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 238.
    Mad About American Music
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 439521 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 239.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Levine, Chicago So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431625 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  James Levine
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 240.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Shelley, Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9092 Release Date: 03/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 241.
    George Gershwin Remembered
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 8100 Release Date: 12/14/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Whiteman Orchestra
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  • 242.
    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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  • 243.
    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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  • 244.
    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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  • 245.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 60834 Release Date: 09/06/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Duvivier,  Bobby Rosengarden,  Peter Nero,  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 246.
    Bernstein Favorites - The 20th Century
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 46715 Release Date: 05/03/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ferde Grofé,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Gary Graffman,  John Corigliano Sr.,  David Nadien,  Carl Stern  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 247.
    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
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic Chorus
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  • 248.
    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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  • 249.
    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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  • 250.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tilson Thomas
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39699 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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