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
Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 19   Number of Discs: 1
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Convergence - The Music Of Stewart & Gershwin
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 5892   Number of Discs: 1
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Copland, Barber, Gershwin / Frederik, Curtis, 	Orchestra Of The Swan
Release Date: 01/08/2013   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 118   Number of Discs: 1
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    Classical 2016
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555937 Release Date: 06/10/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  Giovanni Pacini,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Performer:  Antonio Pappano,  Anja [Soprano Vocal] Harteros,  Jonas Kaufmann,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Marco Armiliato,  Nello Santi,  Gianandrea Noseda,  Carlo Rizzi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pygmalion,  Arcangelo,  L'arpeggiata  ... 
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall (Selected Highlights)
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 530420 Release Date: 05/06/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Frédéric Chopin,  Paul de Schlözer,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Turini,  Artur Rubinstein,  Jorge Bolet,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Bernstein,  Arturo Toscanini,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  NBC Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Great Moments at Carnegie Hall
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 503227 Release Date: 04/29/2016   Number of Discs: 43
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Roy Harris,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Christoph W. Gluck  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Horowitz,  Jussi Björling,  Frederick Schauwecker,  Van Cliburn  ... 
    Conductor:  Arturo Toscanini,  Serge Koussevitzky,  Bruno Walter,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: Luxury Edition
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555050 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 91
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny,  Arcangelo Corelli  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Hubert Giesen,  Artur Balsam,  Marcel Gazelle  ... 
    Conductor:  Landon Ronald,  Pierre Monteux,  Jean Fournet,  Anatole Fistoulari  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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    The Menuhin Century: The Historic Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 555052 Release Date: 04/22/2016   Number of Discs: 18
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Gerald Moore,  George Enescu,  David Oistrakh  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Edward Elgar,  George Enescu,  Pierre Monteux,  Sir John Barbirolli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Paris Symphonic Orchestra,  Orchestre De La Société Des Concerts Du Conservatoire  ... 
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    Gershwin by Candlelight / Davidson, Jezzro
    Label: Green Hill   Catalog: 560832 Release Date: 02/26/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jack Jezzro,  David Davidson
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    Gershwin: Orchestrations by Grofe - Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn / Harmonie Ensemble
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907677 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Alfred Gallodoro
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble
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    Solo / McCarthy
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 554225 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludovico Einaudi,  Pietro Mascagni,  Giacomo Puccini,  Vincenzo Bellini  ... 
    Performer:  Nicholas McCarthy
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  • 9.
    Whistling Classical Pieces / Ornulf Boye Hansen
    Label: Bergen Digital   Catalog: 7064 Release Date: 10/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Georges Bizet,  Fritz Kreisler,  Vittorio Monti  ... 
    Performer:  Ornulf Boye Hansen,  Roger Andreassen,  Einar Steen-Nokleberg,  Jon Faukstad
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    Trumpet Acrobatics
    Label: Es-dur   Catalog: 2059 Release Date: 10/02/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Wassily Brandt,  Grigoras Dinicu,  Jean-Baptiste ". Arban  ... 
    Performer:  Matthias Hofs
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    Serenade - The Love Album / Anne Akiko Meyers
    Label: eOne   Catalog: 7792 Release Date: 09/18/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Ennio Morricone,  David Raskin,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers
    Conductor:  Keith Lockhart
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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    Karajan - The Opera Recordings
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002328102 Release Date: 07/31/2015   Number of Discs: 70
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Franz Lehár,  Franz von Suppé  ... 
    Performer:  Heinz Zednik,  Christine Barbaux,  Katia Ricciarelli,  José Van Dam  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Opera Chorus,  Schöneberg Boys Choir  ... 
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  • 13.
    Jascha Heifetz: Favorite Recital Pieces & Encores
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875051042 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Howard Ferguson,  Karen Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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  • 14.
    Clarinet Lollipops
    Label: Continuum   Catalog: 1080 Release Date: 05/12/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Kurt Weill,  Fritz Kreisler,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Murray Khouri
    Conductor:  Paul Terracini
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    Dinara Alieva in Moscow
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 7007 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Gustave Charpentier,  Umberto Giordano,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Dinara Alieva
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Dinara Alieva in Moscow [Blu-ray]
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 7008 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jacques Offenbach,  Gustave Charpentier,  Umberto Giordano,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Dinara Alieva
    Conductor:  Constantine Orbelian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Russian National Orchestra
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    Flow: Jazz And Renaissance - From Italy To Brazil
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 1826 Release Date: 04/14/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Dowland,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Bartolemé de Selma y Salaverde,  Benny Harris  ... 
    Performer:  Axel Wolf,  Hugo Siegmeth
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  • 18.
    Joy Alone / Angel Blue
    Label: Opus Arte   Catalog: 9020 Release Date: 11/18/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jake Heggie,  Franz Liszt,  Pablo Luna y Carné  ... 
    Performer:  Angel Blue,  Iain Burnside
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    A  Recital With Renee Fleming - Vienna At The Turn Of The 20th Century [blu-ray]
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 108117 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alexander von Zemlinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Maciej Pikulski
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    A Recital with Renee Fleming - Vienna at the Turn of the 20th Century
    Label: Arthaus Musik   Catalog: 102196 Release Date: 09/30/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Gustav Mahler,  Arnold Schoenberg,  Alexander von Zemlinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Renée Fleming,  Maciej Pikulski
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  • 21.
    America!: Gershwin, From Broadway To The Concert Hall
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908541 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Jon Nakamatsu,  Jon Manasse,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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  • 22.
    Forever / Diana Damrau
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 60266 Release Date: 03/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wojciech Kilar,  Emmerich Kálmán,  Eduard Künneke,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Diana Damrau
    Conductor:  David Charles Abell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 23.
    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélčne Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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  • 24.
    Atout Sax
    Label: Maguelone   Catalog: 111104 Release Date: 11/19/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Praetorius,  Henry Purcell,  Marc-Antoine Charpentier,  Antonio Vivaldi  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Atout Sax
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    Label: Clay Pasternack   Catalog: 7267 Release Date: 06/25/2013   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Samuel Augustus Ward,  Lee Greenwood,  John Stafford Smith  ... 
    Performer:  Danny Wright
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