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
Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    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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  • 55.
    Gershwin, 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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    Amber Waves- American Clarinet Music / Stoltzman, Vallecillo
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62685 Release Date: 12/16/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  William Thomas McKinley,  Clare Fisher  ... 
    Performer:  Irma Vallecillo,  Richard Stoltzman
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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    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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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    Gershwin: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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