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
Fascinating Rhythm - Gershwin: Piano Music / Brownridge
Release Date: 06/08/1999   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55006   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Take Two / Simon Tedeschi
Release Date: 11/11/2014   Label: Abc Classics  
Catalog: 4810629   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 07/03/2001   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 92497   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Maazel, White, Boatwright
Release Date: 09/17/2013   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 001895202   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess / Owens, Mitchell, SF Opera
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059638   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 26.
    The Legacy Of George Gershwin / United States Army Field Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 63402 Release Date: 10/25/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Philip Sparke,  Unspecified
    Performer:  Jennifer Everhart,  Robert McIver Jr.,  Meghan Whittier
    Conductor:  Thomas H. Palmatier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Field Band,  Marcus Roberts Trio
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  • 27.
    Famous Violin Encores / Alexander Markov, Dmitriy Cogan
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 674300 Release Date: 08/30/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aram Khachaturian,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Alexander Markov,  Dmitri Cogan
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  • 28.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris, The Man I Love / Tilson Thomas, Kostelantz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64349 Release Date: 06/27/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Harold Jones,  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 29.
    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Krein  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye,  Bing Crosby
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Victor Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 31.
    The Eroica Trio Plays Gershwin, Ravel, Godard & Schoenfield
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94427 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Paul Schoenfield,  Benjamin Godard,  Maurice Ravel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eroica Trio
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  • 32.
    Kaleidoscope / Amy Schwartz Moretti
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92126 Release Date: 03/29/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ottokar Novácek,  Jean Martinon  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Schwartz Moretti,  Elizabeth Pridgen,  Robert McDuffie
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  • 33.
    Sari Biro Legacy: Historic Performances 1944-1972
    Label: Cambria   Catalog: 1174 Release Date: 01/25/2011   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Domenico Scarlatti,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Sari Biro
    Conductor:  Emanuel Vardi,  Wilhelm Loibner
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  • 34.
    Label: Enf   Catalog: 5637760973 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frederick Hemke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Figard String Quintet
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  • 35.
    American Music For Clarinet And Piano / Manasse, Nakamatsu
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907508 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Novacek,  Paquito O'Rivera,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jon Manasse,  Jon Nakamatsu
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  • 36.
    The Virtuoso Clarinet / Michael Collins, Piers Lane
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 10615 Release Date: 10/26/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Alamiro Giampieri,  André Messager,  Darius Milhaud,  Donato Lovreglio  ... 
    Performer:  Piers Lane,  Michael Collins
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  • 37.
    The American Composers Series - Piano Music (1900-1945)
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 3027 Release Date: 05/27/2010   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  William Schuman,  Roger Sessions,  Roy Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Roger Shields
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  • 38.
    George Gershwin, Jerome Kern: Songs And Piano Music
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 06693 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jerome Kern
    Performer:  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Barry Tuckwell
    Conductor:  Neil Richardson
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  • 39.
    George Gershwin Fur Zwei Klaviere
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115262 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Ines Walachowski,  Anna Walachowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Walachowski Piano Duo
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  • 40.
    Take Four Guitar Quartet
    Label: Ars Musici   Catalog: 232338 Release Date: 02/23/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giacomo Puccini,  George Gershwin,  Luca Mosca,  Tran Vuong Thach  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Take Four Guitar Quartet
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  • 41.
    Amber Waves- American Clarinet Music / Stoltzman, Vallecillo
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62685 Release Date: 12/29/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  William Thomas McKinley,  Clare Fisher  ... 
    Performer:  Irma Vallecillo,  Richard Stoltzman
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Porgy & Bess Suite / Lethiec, Gallois
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570939 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michel Lethiec
    Conductor:  Patrick Gallois
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sinfonia Finlandia
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  • 43.
    Music From America's First & Second Cities - Muczynski, Gershwin, Sowerby, Del Tredici
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2997 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John La Montaine,  David Del Tredici,  Leo Sowerby,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Steven Graff
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  • 44.
    Yo-Yo Ma - 30 Years Outside the Box
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 752307 Release Date: 10/27/2009   Number of Discs: 90
    Composer:  Sandeep Das,  Traditional,  Kayhan Kalhor,  Zhou Long  ... 
    Performer:  Joseph Gramley,  Kim Dong-Won,  Yo-Yo Ma,  Mark Suter  ... 
    Conductor:  Miguel Harth-Bedoya,  John T. Williams,  Ennio Morricone,  Isaac Stern  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Silk Road Ensemble,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Qi Lin  ... 
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  • 45.
    Shura Cherkassky - The Complete HMV Stereo Recordings
    Label: First Hand Records   Catalog: 4 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ferruccio Busoni,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Franz Schubert,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Shura Cherkassky
    Conductor:  Sir Malcolm Sargent
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra
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  • 46.
    X2 Joshua Bell: Bernstein - Gershwin / Williams, Zinman, Philharmonia, Lso
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 750529 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Courage,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 47.
    The Original Manuscripts - Gershwin: Preludes, Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Alicia Zizzo
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1127 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo
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  • 48.
    Classical Potpourri / Ensemble Vivant
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9360 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frédéric Chopin,  George Gershwin,  Catherine Wilson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Vivant
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  • 49.
    Trumpet Invasion / Brandon Ridenour, Rich Ridenour
    Label: Opening Day   Catalog: 9349 Release Date: 05/04/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Brandon Ridenour,  Rich Ridenour
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  • 50.
    Yerlow In Concert - Solo Piano Works
    Label: Mastershow   Catalog: 5637492155 Release Date: 03/31/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Moritz Moszkowski,  Robert Schumann,  Manuel de Falla,  Adolf Schulz-Evler  ... 
    Performer:  Stanley Yerlow
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