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
George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
Release Date: 10/09/2012   Label: Channel Classics  
Catalog: 33312   Number of Discs: 1
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Fantasy In Blue - Purcell, Gershwin / Shaham, Bernfeld, Etc
Release Date: 01/01/2003   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 22253   Number of Discs: 1
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Ravel, Gershwin: Piano Concertos; Stravinsky: Capriccio / Parker
Release Date: 08/31/2010   Label: Atma Classique  
Catalog: 2656   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4147 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Henry Adolph
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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