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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 By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559750   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559107   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
Release Date: 05/08/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807441   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559705   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 51.
    Gershwin: Music For Two Pianos / Anna & Ines Walachowski
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 17642 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Anna Walachowski,  Ines Walachowski
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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    Güher And Süher Pekinel - Encores For Two Pianos
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1330 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Ernesto Lecuona,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Süher Pekinel,  Güher Pekinel
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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    The Arthur Fiedler Legacy - Stars And Stripes - An American Concert
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001006002 Release Date: 11/13/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Traditional,  Shelton Brooks,  Euday L. Bowman,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Jerome Rosen,  Pasquale Cardillo,  Ralph Votapek
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    Gershwin: A Piano Solo Album / Dorothy Lewis-griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1176 Release Date: 10/01/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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  • 62.
    American Piano Music / Michel Legrand
    Label: Apex   Catalog: 49576 Release Date: 03/21/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Amy Marcy Beach,  John Cage,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Michel Legrand
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  • 63.
    Gemini - Violin Encores / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76957 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Maurice Ravel,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ernesto Halffter  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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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.
    Gershwin - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92388 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Chestnut Brass Company,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 73.
    Gershwin: Piano Concerto, Etc / Szidon, Josefowicz, Williams
    Label: Universal   Catalog: 000218202 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Roberto Szidon,  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek,  David Parkhouse
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Edward Downes,  Riccardo Chailly,  Bernard Herrmann
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Cleveland Orchestra  ... 
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  • 74.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000191902 Release Date: 02/10/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  André Previn,  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  André Previn,  Charles Dutoit,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: CRC 2622 Release Date: 02/01/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Amram,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Paul Creston
    Performer:  Barbara Meister
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