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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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Gershwin: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 56.
    Classical Vibes
    Label: Abc Classics   Catalog: 4766487 Release Date: 04/14/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin,  Jules Massenet,  Johann Pachelbel  ... 
    Performer:  Leigh Harrold,  Nick Parnell
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  • 57.
    Votapek Plays Gershwin - Original Works And Transcrptions
    Label: Blue Griffin   Catalog: 139 Release Date: 01/22/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Ralph Votapek
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  • 58.
    Fazil Say Plays Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Stravinsky & Gershwin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4699708 Release Date: 08/27/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Stanley Drucker,  Albert Regni,  James Saporito  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonia,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 59.
    Tzimon Barto - Popular Encores
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54900 Release Date: 06/25/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Scott Joplin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Tzimon Barto
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  • 60.
    Tribute To Jascha Heifetz / Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 49604 Release Date: 04/09/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Robert Schumann,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 61.
    Paris-new York, 1930 - Music For Saxophone / Gensig, Ilario
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 90711 Release Date: 01/02/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Reinhard C. Seifert,  Darius Milhaud,  Claude Debussy,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Klaus Gesing,  Sylvaine Ilario
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  • 62.
    Gershwin: Songbook / Duo Campion-Vachon
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23074 Release Date: 11/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Mario Vachon,  Guy Campion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campion-Vachon Duo
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  • 63.
    Heifetz - It Ain't Necessarily So - Legendary Classic and Jazz Studio Takes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719002 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Hermann Lohr,  Benjamin Godard,  Cecil Burleigh  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Bing Crosby,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Victor Young,  Salvador Camarata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 64.
    Light Classics - Summertime - Music For Clarinet Quartet
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8557407 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Richard Rodgers,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Botsford  ... 
    Performer:  Jean Paul van Spaendonk,  Massimo Ricci,  Guy Gérard,  Jean-Michel Charlier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Belgian National Orchestra Clarinet Quartet
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  • 65.
    Ginzburg Live Recordings Vol 3 (Cd 2) - Prokofiev, Et Al
    Label: Vox Aeterna   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 10/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Scriabin,  George Gershwin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Grigory Ginzburg
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  • 66.
    Gershwin - New York Connections / Hayes
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2005 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Hayes
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  • 67.
    Gershwin, Grainger / Anna And Ines Walachowski
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1248 Release Date: 06/28/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Anna Walachowski,  Ines Walachowski
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  • 68.
    Dunkelrote Rose - Encore 2 / Friedrich Lips
    Label: Classical Accordion Cd   Catalog: 5637375226 Release Date: 06/14/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  A. Shalayev,  V. Chernikov,  Alexander Rosenblatt,  Tatyana Sergeyeva  ... 
    Performer:  Friedrich Lips,  Dmitry Lokshin,  Kirill Rodin
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  • 69.
    A Nice Boy From Brooklyn - Michael Dulin Plays Gershwin
    Label: Equity Digital   Catalog: 5637283117 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Dulin
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  • 70.
    Julie Cheek In Concert
    Label: Lml Music   Catalog: 182 Release Date: 09/07/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Béla Bartók,  Franz Liszt,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Julie Cheek
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  • 71.
    The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186021 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Ludmil Angelov,  George Pieterson,  Gregor Horsch  ... 
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  • 72.
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CRC 2622 Release Date: 02/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Paul Creston,  David Amram
    Performer:  Barbara Meister
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  • 73.
    Gershwin - Wild Fantasy / Graham Scott
    Label: Deux-elles   Catalog: 1072 Release Date: 10/28/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Earl Wild,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Graham Scott
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  • 74.
    Dancing Through Time - Bach To Gershwin / Andreas Klein
    Label: Eroica Classical Recordings   Catalog: 3138 Release Date: 10/07/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Robert Schumann,  Frédéric Chopin,  Franz Liszt  ... 
    Performer:  Andreas Klein
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  • 75.
    Flying Solo / Jens Lindemann
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81295 Release Date: 06/24/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fernando J. Obradors,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Robert Parissi,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
    Performer:  Jens Lindemann,  Jennifer Snow,  Bradford Ellis
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