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

Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    All-american - Gershwin, Loeffler, Et Al / Toscanini, Et Al
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 2256/57 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Charles Martin Loeffler,  Paul Creston,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Earl Wild,  Benny Goodman,  Oscar Levant
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini
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  • 55.
    Classic Library - Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 60862 Release Date: 07/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Garrick Ohlsson
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New World Symphony,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra
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  • 56.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Tacchino, Foster
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 4608182 Release Date: 11/10/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gabriel Tacchino
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 57.
    Mathieu, Addinsell, Gershwin: Piano Concertos/ Alain Lefèvre
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29814 Release Date: 10/21/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  André Mathieu,  George Gershwin,  Richard Addinsell
    Performer:  Alain Lefèvre
    Conductor:  Yoav Talmi
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quebec Symphony Orchestra
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  • 58.
    Katia & Marielle Labèque - Piano Fantasy
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 000122102 Release Date: 10/14/2003   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque
    Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa,  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Labèque Sisters,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra
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  • 59.
    Great Pianists Of The  Bell Telephone Hour 1959-1967
    Label: Video Artists International   Catalog: 4216 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Grant Johannesen,  Claudio Arrau,  Byron Janis,  Jorge Bolet  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Voorhees,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bell Telephone Hour Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Etc / Haas, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468136 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Song Book, Concerto In F / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54280 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe,  Alan Whitehead
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 62.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy And Bess (Excerpts), Etc
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 84518 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gregg Baker,  Roberta Alexander,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Choral Artists,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 63.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Bernstein
    Label: Dg Panorama   Catalog: 469139 Release Date: 09/26/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  André Previn,  David Finck,  Werner Haas  ... 
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Eliahu Inbal,  Edo De Waart,  André Previn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 64.
    Label: Avid Classical Masters   Catalog: 642 Release Date: 12/15/1998  
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  George Gershwin
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    Gershwin, Ravel: Piano Concertos / Grimaud, Zinman
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 19571 Release Date: 11/25/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Hélène Grimaud
    Conductor:  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baltimore Symphony Orchestra
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4147 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph
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  • 71.
    Wild: Doo-dah Variations;  Gershwin: Concerto / Wild, Giunta
    Label: Chesky Records   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 01/17/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Joseph Giunta
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Des Moines Symphony Orchestra
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Gershwin In Black And White / Haskell Small
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2174 Release Date: 10/05/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Haskell Behrend Small
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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    The Romantic Piano Concerto Vol 6 / Michael Ponti
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5069 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  Samuel Barber,  George Gershwin,  Edward MacDowell
    Performer:  Mary Louise Boehm,  Abbott Ruskin,  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Samuel Adler,  David Epstein,  Siegfried Landau
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Symphony Orchestra,  MIT Symphony Orchestra,  Westphalian Symphony Orchestra
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