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, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
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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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American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 12247   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Concerto for Piano in F major

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Shelley, Tortelier
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9092 Release Date: 03/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Howard Shelley
    Conductor:  Yan Pascal Tortelier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    Gershwin, Ravel: Piano Concertos / Entremont, Ormandy, Boulez
    Label: Sony Classical Essential Classics   Catalog: 46338 Release Date: 04/05/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Philippe Entremont
    Conductor:  Pierre Boulez,  Eugene Ormandy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra
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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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