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: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
Release Date: 09/23/1994   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 404   Number of Discs: 1
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The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
Release Date: 07/20/2004   Label: Pentatone  
Catalog: 5186021   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Piano Concerto In F, Second Rhapsody / Litton, Kempf, Bergen Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/24/2012   Label: Bis  
Catalog: 1940   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 1.
    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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  • 2.
    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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    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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  • 7.
    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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  • 9.
    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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  • 10.
    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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  • 11.
    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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  • 13.
    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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  • 15.
    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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    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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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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  • 19.
    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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  • 20.
    Rhythm & Hues: Music Of Gershwin & Chopin
    Label: Four-tay   Catalog: 4036 Release Date: 06/11/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo
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  • 21.
    Our American Roots
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3449 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  George Walker,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Emmanuel Feldman,  Joy Cline-Phinney
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  • 22.
    Findlay in Blue - Piano Music of Gershwin, Gottschalk & Gould / Findlay Cockrell
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1414 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Findlay Cockrell
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  • 23.
    In Rhythm / Sebastian Manz, Martin Klett
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553271 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alec Templeton,  Aaron Copland,  Steve Reich  ... 
    Performer:  Sebastian Manz,  Martin Klett
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  • 24.
    Waiting For Benny / Julien Herve, Jean-hisanori Sugitani
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8573032 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Julien Herve,  Jean-Hisanori Sugitani,  Ying Lai Green,  Maud Lovett
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  • 25.
    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr, Vol. 29: Frankreich, Amerika & Neue Musik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553273 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Bertrand Chamayou,  Ya-Fei Chuang,  Eva Vogel,  Robert Levin  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gershwin Quartett (String Quartet)
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