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: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 09/23/1997   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56220   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Anne Brown, Todd Duncan
Release Date: 04/28/1992   Label: Mca  
Catalog: 10520   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Demain, Houston Grand Opera
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Rca Victor Red Seal  
Catalog: 32109   Number of Discs: 3
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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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The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess / Mauceri, Et Al
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 000743102   Number of Discs: 2
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Bassoonatics / The Caliban Quartet
    Label: Cbc Musica Viva   Catalog: 5637239573 Release Date: 06/05/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean Sibelius,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Sweeney,  Kathy McLean,  Nadina Mackie Jackson,  Mark Duggan  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 86.
    Essential Gershwin - 20 Of His Greatest Masterpieces
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 472780 Release Date: 02/11/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Barbara Hendricks,  Marielle Labèque,  Katia Labèque,  Patti Austin  ... 
    Conductor:  John Mauceri,  Arthur Fiedler,  Bernard Herrmann,  Riccardo Chailly  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  London Festival Orchestra Ensemble  ... 
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  • 87.
    Genova & Dimitrov - Piano Duo
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 240 Release Date: 10/29/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel,  Manuel Infante  ... 
    Performer:  Aglika Genova,  Liuben Dimitrov
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  • 88.
    Treasures For Trumpets / Robert Sullivan, James Rensink
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 319 Release Date: 06/04/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  James Rensink,  Giacomo Puccini,  Oskar Böhme  ... 
    Performer:  James Rensink,  Robert Sullivan
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  • 89.
    The Complete Preludes Of Chopin, Gershwin, Still / Roy Eaton
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 318 Release Date: 02/05/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Grant Still,  George Gershwin,  Frédéric Chopin
    Performer:  Roy Eaton
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  • 90.
    Gershwin: Concerto In F, Etc / Haas, Et Al
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468136 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Werner Haas
    Conductor:  Edo De Waart,  Eliahu Inbal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monte Carlo Opera Orchestra
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  • 91.
    Copland: Four Unpublished Cello Pieces / Terry King
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1076 Release Date: 02/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Nicholas Slonimsky,  Gregor Piatigorsky,  George Gershwin,  Otto Luening  ... 
    Performer:  Terry King,  John Jensen,  Shizue Sano
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  • 92.
    The Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556686 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kathryn Selby,  Leon Bates
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 93.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy And Bess (Excerpts), Etc
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 84518 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gregg Baker,  Roberta Alexander,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Choral Artists,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 94.
    Americana / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462948 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  George Gershwin,  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 95.
    Bassoonatics / Caliban Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 10/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Mitchell Clarke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 96.
    Label: Ars Harmonica   Catalog: 27 Release Date: 08/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Scott Joplin,  Chick Corea,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Performer:  Jordi Vilaprinyó
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  • 97.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Arrangements, Etc /Fazil Say, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 426202 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  James Saporito,  Joe Pereira,  William Blossom  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 98.
    Artists of the Century - Jascha Heifetz - The Supreme
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63470 Release Date: 02/08/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Glazunov,  Jean Sibelius,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Brooks Smith,  Jascha Heifetz,  Osian Ellis
    Conductor:  Walter Hendl,  Sir Malcolm Sargent,  Fritz Reiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  New Symphony Orchestra
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  • 99.
    Fascinating Rhythm - Gershwin: Piano Music / Brownridge
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55006 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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  • 100.
    Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Mark Anderson
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