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
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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Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 404   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 26.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto / Andre Previn
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 4782120 Release Date: 01/19/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
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  • 27.
    Piano Masterworks - The World's Favourite Piano Classics - Bach, Debussy, Etc / Argerich, Arrau, Et Al
    Label: Decca   Catalog: B001206502 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  András Schiff,  Andrei Gavrilov,  Friedrich Gulda,  Wilhelm Kempff  ... 
    Conductor:  Bernard Haitink,  Eliahu Inbal,  Horst Stein,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe,  Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Andre Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years 1971-1980
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67969 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Carl Orff,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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  • 29.
    This Is Gershwin
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1265 Release Date: 03/10/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joshua Pierce
    Conductor:  Kirk Trevor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F  / List, Hanson
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434341 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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  • 31.
    Simon Rattle Edition - American Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15014 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  John Adams,  George Gershwin,  Elliott Carter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Wesley Warren,  Jonathan Holland,  Wayne Marshall,  Simone Sauphanor  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  London Sinfonietta  ... 
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  • 32.
    Gershwin: Complete Music for Piano & Orchestra / McDermott, Brown
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9252 Release Date: 04/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Anne-Marie McDermott
    Conductor:  Justin Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 33.
    Beethoven, Gershwin: Piano Concertos / Cherkassky, Et Al
    Label: Bbc Legends   Catalog: 4231 Release Date: 04/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Vernon Handley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    George Gershwin: Blue Monday / Marin Alsop
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54851 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Oscar Levant
    Performer:  Amy Burton,  Jamie J. Offenbach,  Arthur Woodley,  Gregory Hopkins  ... 
    Conductor:  Marin Alsop
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia
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    Gershwin: Piano Concerto;  Copland, Barber / Peter Jablonski
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430542 Release Date: 06/11/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Samuel Barber
    Performer:  Peter Jablonski
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 807441 Release Date: 05/08/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jon Nakamatsu,  Kenneth Grant
    Conductor:  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 37.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; (An) American In Paris
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 78768 Release Date: 05/01/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leonard Bernstein,  André Previn,  Uan Rasey
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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  • 38.
    Berlin Philharmonic 125 Years - A Jubilee Celebration
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2000068 Release Date: 01/30/2007   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Daniel Barenboim,  Gil Shaham,  Emmanuel Pahud
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Claudio Abbado,  Mariss Jansons,  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 39.
    Helene Grimaud - Collected Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 63265 Release Date: 10/17/2006   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  Kurt Masur,  David Zinman,  Kurt Sanderling
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  New York Philharmonic,  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 40.
    Gershwin: A Piano Solo Album / Dorothy Lewis-griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1176 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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  • 41.
    Hart: A Tidal Concerto, Gershwin: Concerto In F / Stahl, Graf, Charleston Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Cd Baby   Catalog: 5637290362 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Hart,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Enrique Graf
    Conductor:  David Stahl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Charleston Symphony Orchestra
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue / Camilo
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 63611 Release Date: 02/28/2006  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michel Camilo
    Conductor:  Ernest Martíne Izquierdo
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Symphony Orchestra
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  • 43.
    The Piano Music Of Gershwin / Geoffrey Douglas Madge
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 412 Release Date: 02/03/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Geoffrey Douglas Madge
    Conductor:  Ilya Stupel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Artur Rubinstein State Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Legendary Recordings - Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven / Kurt Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 245 Release Date: 02/01/2006   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Robert Schumann,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Annerose Schmidt,  Siegfried Lorenz,  Edda Moser,  Gisela Schröter  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Chorus,  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra  ... 
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  • 45.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Marshall, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62484 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
    Conductor:  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Aalborg Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    Piano Concertos Of The 1920s Vol 2 / Rische, Schuller, Et Al
    Label: Arte Nova   Catalog: 510510 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erwin Schulhoff,  George Gershwin,  George Antheil
    Performer:  Michael Rische
    Conductor:  Gunther Schuller,  Wayne Marshall
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cologne West German Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 47.
    Weekend Classics - A Gershwin Weekend
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000428902 Release Date: 05/10/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Stöckigt,  Roberto Szidon
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur,  Seiji Ozawa,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    A Gershwin Night / Ozawa, Marcus Roberts Trio, Berlin PO
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2053098 Release Date: 02/22/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 49.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F;  Ravel / De Billy, Roge, Rso Wien
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 601 Release Date: 02/08/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Pascal Rogé
    Conductor:  Bertrand De Billy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 50.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Wild, Fiedler
    Label: Rca Victor Living Stereo   Catalog: 61393 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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