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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The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
Release Date: 07/20/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186021   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto In F, Second Rhapsody / Litton, Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/24/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1940   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • 26.
    Gershwin For Two Pianos
    Label: Rivermont   Catalog: 2227 Release Date: 01/21/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Richard Dowling,  Frederick Hodges
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  • 27.
    Shades Of Gray
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3251 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Gernot Wolfgang,  Mark Carlson,  Bill Cunliffe  ... 
    Performer:  Bill Cunliffe,  Gary Gray,  Judith Farmer,  Joanne Pearce Martin  ... 
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  • 28.
    Music For Your Star Sign: Libra
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67062 Release Date: 09/17/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Krpan,  Dieter Goldmann,  Ratko Delorko,  Ciril Skerjanec
    Conductor:  Hanspeter Gmür,  Alfred Scholz,  Anton Nanut
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  • 29.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta [blu-ray Audio]
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 33 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss,  John Fullam
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8559750 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Orion Weiss,  John Fullam
    Conductor:  JoAnn Falletta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 31.
    Variations On America / Rudolf Innig
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9171809 Release Date: 06/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  Gioachino Rossini,  Dudley Buck,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Rudolf Innig
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  • 32.
    Gershwin: Piano Meets Percussion
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 91226 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johanna Grobner,  Veronika Trisko
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Piano Meets Percussion
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  • 33.
    Gershwin: Piano Works / Frank Braley
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 501883 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frank Braley
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  • 34.
    Rhapsody / Vida Guitar Quartet
    Label: Bgs (British Guitar Society)   Catalog: 121 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Malcolm Arnold,  David Crittenden,  Adam Gorb
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  VIDA Guitar Quartet
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  • 35.
    Rachmaninoff: Piano Concerto No. 2; Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Matsuev, Gilbert
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 549260 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Denis Matsuev
    Conductor:  Alan Gilbert
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 36.
    Byron Janis: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 548440 Release Date: 04/16/2013   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  George Gershwin,  Ferde Grofé  ... 
    Performer:  Byron Janis
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Charles Munch
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Gershwin: Song Book; Three Preludes; Promenade; Impromptu In Two Keys
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 6041795 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Maurice Whitney
    Performer:  Corinna Simon
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  • 38.
    Gershwin At The Keyboard / Ivar Anton Waagaard
    Label: Lawo Classics   Catalog: 1021 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ivar Anton Waagaard
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  • 39.
    Le Maestro De La Trompette
    Label: Indesens   Catalog: 15 Release Date: 02/12/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ernesto Lecuona,  Michael Carr,  Charles Trenet  ... 
    Performer:  Maurice André
    Conductor:  J. Faustin,  Jacques Denjean
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  • 40.
    Rhapsody in Blue / Benjamin Grosvenor
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001761002 Release Date: 02/05/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Benjamin Grosvenor
    Conductor:  James Judd
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 41.
    George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33312 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Haags Saxophone Quartet
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Songbook, Rhapsody In Blue / Michael Endres
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 418 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Endres
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  • 43.
    Rhapsody In Swing
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93282 Release Date: 08/28/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Louis Nestico,  George Gershwin,  Edward "Duke" Ellington
    Performer:  Marc Godfroid,  Klaus Wagenleiter,  Axel Kuhn,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 44.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto In F, Second Rhapsody / Litton, Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1940 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Freddy Kempf
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Piano Concerto; An American In Paris
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001706602 Release Date: 07/24/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
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  • 46.
    Great Piano Concertos
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8501056 Release Date: 04/24/2012   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Jénö Jandó,  Stefan Vladar,  Idil Biret,  Eldar Nebolsin  ... 
    Conductor:  András Ligeti,  Mátyás Antal,  Barry Wordsworth,  Antoni Wit  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concentus Hungaricus,  Capella Istropolitana,  Polish Radio Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 47.
    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Orchestra  [6-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 993672 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Johann Nepomuk Hummel,  André Jolivet,  Henri Tomasi  ... 
    Performer:  Sergei Nakariakov
    Conductor:  Jesús Lopez-Cobos,  Hugh Wolff,  Jörg Faerber,  Vladimir Ashkenazy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lausanne Chamber Orchestra,  St. Paul Chamber Orchestra,  Württemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn  ... 
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  • 48.
    Sergei Nakariakov - Trumpet & Piano [3-CD Set]
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 672094 Release Date: 03/27/2012   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Franz Waxman,  Vassily Brandt,  Jean-Baptiste Arban,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markovich,  Sergei Nakariakov
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  • 49.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; An American In Paris; Piano Concerto In F
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1386 Release Date: 03/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson,  Antal Doráti
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  • 50.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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