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
Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on
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Work: Preludes (3) for Piano

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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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  • 80.
    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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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    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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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    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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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    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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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    The Fantastic World Of George Gershwin / Jeffrey Reid Baker
    Label: Jrb   Catalog: 9003 Release Date: 11/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Reid Baker
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  • 92.
    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 93.
    David Helfgott - Brave New World
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57813 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Aram Khachaturian,  George Gershwin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 94.
    Gershwin Fantasy / Joshua Bell, John Williams, London So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60659 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Courage
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 95.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess / Wild, Whiteman
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 70702 Release Date: 05/19/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Earl Wild
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paul Whiteman & His Orchestra,  Chorus
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  • 96.
    Who Nose - Gershwin, Bernstein, Et Al /Röthlisberger, Andres
    Label: Gall (Formerly Gallo)   Catalog: 951 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jeffrey Agrell,  Frédéric Bolli,  Joseph Horovitz,  Daniel Schnyder  ... 
    Performer:  Simon Andres,  Bernhard Röthlisberger
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  • 97.
    Gershwin - The Greatest Hits
    Label: Reference Gold   Catalog: 3619 Release Date: 07/22/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Alicia Zizzo,  Russell Sherman,  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Winnipeg Pops Orchestra,  Rochester Pops,  Orchestra of the Americas  ... 
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  • 98.
    Five O'clock Foxtrot / Viveza Salon Ensemble
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 55002 Release Date: 04/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kurt Weill,  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez,  William Kroll,  Noel Coward  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Viveza
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  • 99.
    The American Clarinet / Combs, Chicago Chamber Musicians
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 172 Release Date: 03/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Morton Gould,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Bradley Opland,  Larry Combs,  Deborah Sobol
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Chamber Musicians
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  • 100.
    Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dag Achatz
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