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: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 1.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on
    Label: Somm   Catalog: SOMMCD 260-2 Release Date: 07/29/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Mark Bebbington
    Conductor:  Leon Botstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 2.
    Andre Watts: The Complete Columbia Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 511979 Release Date: 06/03/2016   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Joseph Haydn,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  André Watts
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Thomas Schippers,  Seiji Ozawa,  Erich Leinsdorf
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  • 3.
    Michael Tilson Thomas conducts Gershwin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875170082 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Audra McDonald,  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Rhapsody in Blue / Mailley-Smith
    Label: Sleeveless   Catalog: 1010 Release Date: 01/08/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Warren Mailley-Smith
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  • 5.
    The Club Album / Mutter [Vinyl]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: B002403501 Release Date: 11/06/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
    Conductor:  Mahan Esfahani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mutter's Virtuosi
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  • 6.
    A Tribute To Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552412 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel Ponce,  Moritz Moszkowski,  Riccardo Drigo,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    The Club Album / Anne-sophie Mutter [blu-ray]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002380659 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
    Conductor:  Mahan Esfahani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mutter's Virtuosi
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter [CD & DVD]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002378900 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
    Conductor:  Mahan Esfahani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mutter's Virtuosi
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  • 10.
    Preludes & Rhapsodies
    Label: Fidelio Musique   Catalog: 49 Release Date: 09/11/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Buzz Ensemble
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    The Club Album / Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002369102 Release Date: 08/28/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Noa Wildschut,  Nancy Zhou,  Lambert Orkis
    Conductor:  Mahan Esfahani
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Mutter's Virtuosi
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  • 12.
    Jascha Heifetz: Favorite Recital Pieces & Encores
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875051042 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Howard Ferguson,  Karen Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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    Camilla Wicks: Five Decades Of Treasured Performances
    Label: Music & Arts   Catalog: 1282 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Johannes Brahms,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Camilla Wicks,  Robert Levin,  Horace Martinez,  Martin Katz  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Busch,  Ari Rasilainen,  William Steinberg,  Leopold Stokowski  ... 
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  • 14.
    Stravinsky, Ravel, Gershwin: Transcriptions And Original Piano Works
    Label: Grand Piano   Catalog: 696 Release Date: 02/10/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Eric Ferrand-N'Kaoua
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    Preludes / John Roney
    Label: Effendi   Catalog: 138 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Claude Debussy,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Performer:  John Roney
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    Phase 4 Stereo - Stereo Concert Series
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002188302 Release Date: 10/27/2014   Number of Discs: 41
    Composer:  John Philip Sousa,  Charles A. Zimmerman,  Francis S. Van Boskerck,  George Norton  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Black,  David Parkhouse,  Alan Loveday,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Rodney Bashford,  Stanley Black,  Bernard Herrmann,  Edward Downes  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Grenadier Guards Band,  London Festival Orchestra,  London Festival Recording Ensemble  ... 
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    American Recital / Ulrich Roman Murtfeld
    Label: Audite   Catalog: 92702 Release Date: 09/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  George Gershwin,  Philip Glass,  Frederic Rzewski  ... 
    Performer:  Ulrich Roman Murtfeld
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    George Gershwin
    Label: Gia   Catalog: 936 Release Date: 05/13/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Black,  Kimberly Cole Luevano
    Conductor:  Eugene Corporon
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    American Journey / Murray, Heisser, Orchestre Poitou Charentes
    Label: Mirare   Catalog: 244 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Bernard Herrmann  ... 
    Performer:  Tai Murray,  Jean-François Heisser
    Conductor:  Jean-François Heisser
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestre Poitou Charentes
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    Baltic Souls / Schoch, Worms
    Label: Zefir Records   Catalog: 5638261079 Release Date: 03/01/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Arvo Pärt,  Jurgis Gaizauskas,  Peteris Vasks,  Heino Eller  ... 
    Performer:  Ursula Schoch,  Marcel Worms
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    Don't Mind The Gap!
    Label: Paladino Music   Catalog: 44 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joseph Horovitz,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Darius Milhaud,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Florian Feilmair,  Benjamin Feilmair
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  • 22.
    Come Dance With Me
    Label: Meridian Records   Catalog: 84621 Release Date: 01/14/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alberto Ginastera,  Joaquin Turina,  Olivier Messiaen,  Ernesto Lecuona  ... 
    Performer:  Katarzyna Musial
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  • 23.
    Music In Life / Umi Garrett
    Label: Umi Garrett   Catalog: 5638232876 Release Date: 01/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Umi Garrett
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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    Prelude Cocktail
    Label: Lawler + Fadoul   Catalog: 5638178065 Release Date: 09/18/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frédéric Chopin,  Alexander Scriabin,  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Christopher Grymes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lawler + Fadoul
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