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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Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5585   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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  • 251.
    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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  • 252.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / André Previn
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412611 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 253.
    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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  • 254.
    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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  • 255.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue;  Bernstein, Barber / Bernstein
    Label: Dg 3d Classics   Catalog: 427806 Release Date: 03/29/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Louise Edeiken,  Tatiana Troyanos,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 256.
    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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  • 257.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue;  Bernstein / Leonard Bernstein
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 410025 Release Date: 05/30/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 258.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / K & M Lebèque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 400022 Release Date: 02/15/1983   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
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  • 259.
    Label: Living Era   Catalog: 5155 Release Date: 04/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  Manuel de Falla,  Joaquin Valverde,  Francisco Tarrega  ... 
    Performer:  Jussi Björling,  Joan Hammond,  Conchita Supervia,  Andrés Segovia  ... 
    Conductor:  Nils Grevillius,  Leslie Heward,  Gustav Cloëz,  Otto Dobrindt  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hallé Orchestra,  Berlin State Opera Orchestra,  Rosario Bourdon
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  • 260.
    Eugene Watanabe - Rediscovering America
    Label: Arktos Recordings   Catalog: 200262 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Eugene Watanabe
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  • 261.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F Major Etc / Prague Piano Duo
    Label: Praga   Catalog: 250163 Release Date: 09/10/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Prague Piano Duo
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  • 262.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Rocheman, Opus 16
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617083 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Manuel Rocheman
    Conductor:  Opus 16 Ensemble
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