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 & Bess / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059634   Number of Discs: 1
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Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1003   Number of Discs: 1
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Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
Release Date: 03/23/1999   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 5585   Number of Discs: 1
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Great American Songbook - Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin / Hyman
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 2725   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 151.
    Main Street Usa / New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Crossings   Catalog: 9896 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Michael Stephenson,  Stephen Pollack,  Brad Hubbard,  James Boatman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Saxophone Quartet
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  • 152.
    The Very Best Of Stephane Grappelli & Yehudi Menuhin
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 66830 Release Date: 07/14/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ben Bernie,  David Raksin,  Jerome Kern,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  David Snell,  Ronnie Verrell,  Laurie Holloway  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Harris
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alan Clare Trio
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  • 153.
    Heifetz - Violin Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63154 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Emanuel Bay,  Erick Friedman
    Conductor:  Charles Munch,  William Steinberg,  Donald Voorhees,  Fritz Reiner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 154.
    Summer Classics - Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63186 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonio Vivaldi,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Thomas Moore,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Performer:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Alfred Krips,  Kong Xiang-Dong,  Gerhard Oppitz  ... 
    Conductor:  Vladimir Spivakov,  Roberto Abbado,  Arthur Fiedler,  Claus Peter Flor  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Moscow Virtuosi Chamber Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Boston Pops  ... 
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  • 155.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Selections), Blue Monday / Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80434 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kirk Walker,  Marquita Lister,  Thomas Young,  Gregg Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central State University Chorus,  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 156.
    Empire Brass - Greatest Hits
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80438 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francisco de la Torre,  Traditional,  Cy Coleman,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Ken Amis,  Kurt Wortman,  Jeffrey Curnow,  Douglas Wright  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 157.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 158.
    The Fiddler Of The Opera / Gil Shaham
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447640 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jenö Hubay,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Akira Eguchi,  Gil Shaham
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  • 159.
    The Essential Leontyne Price - Highlights
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68152 Release Date: 03/11/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Gershwin,  Albert Hay Malotte,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  George Decker,  Placido Domingo,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard De Paur,  Skitch Henderson,  William Self,  Erich Leinsdorf  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chorus,  Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 160.
    The Essential Leontyne Price - Spirituals, Hymns, Etc
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 68157 Release Date: 01/14/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  John Newton,  Billy Taylor,  Martin Luther,  John Rosamond Johnson  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  George Decker,  Connally Walton
    Conductor:  William Self,  Lassaye Van Buren Holmes,  Charles Gerhardt,  Skitch Henderson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Thomas Men and Boy's Choir,  Rust College Choir,  Ambrosian Singers  ... 
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  • 161.
    Spasm - Works For Bass Clarinet / Michael Lowenstern
    Label: New World Records   Catalog: 80468 Release Date: 12/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Michael Lowenstern,  Peter Winkler,  Mark Edward Gibbons,  Robert Rowe  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Lowenstern,  Tom Linker,  Jerome Kitzke,  Jay Johnson  ... 
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  • 162.
    Prima Voce - Lawrence Tibbett - From Broadway To Hollywood
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7881 Release Date: 07/06/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jacques Wolfe,  Vincent Youmans,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 163.
    Eileen Farrell - Opera Arias & Songs
    Label: Testament   Catalog: 1073 Release Date: 05/09/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Carl Maria von Weber,  Traditional,  Edvard Grieg,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Eileen Farrell,  George Trovillo
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra
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  • 164.
    Virtuoso Violin Encores - Heifetz Transcriptions / Rosand
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8201 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  John Covelli
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  • 165.
    Gershwin - Remembrance And Discovery / Richard Glazier
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2271 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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  • 166.
    Previn: Honey And Rue; Barber: Knoxville / Battle, Previn, St. Luke's
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 437787 Release Date: 10/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  André Previn
    Performer:  Kathleen Battle
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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  • 167.
    1812 / The Swingle Singers
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 45134 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  King VIII Henry,  Paul McCartney,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swingle Singers
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  • 168.
    Bernstein: West Side Story; Gershwin: Porgy And Bess
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4120 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
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  • 169.
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 145 Release Date: 01/25/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Zdenék Fibich,  George Gershwin,  Pancho Vladigerov,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Mayer Frank,  Yossif Radionov
    Conductor:  Jules Levy
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Simhah Chamber Collegium
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  • 170.
    The London Violin Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 105 Release Date: 01/17/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Vittorio Monti,  George Gershwin,  Pietro Mascagni  ... 
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra First Violins,  London Philharmonic First Violins,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra First Violins
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  • 171.
    The Slokar Trombones
    Label: Claves   Catalog: 711 Release Date: 12/08/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anonymous,  Hans Peter Schildknecht,  George Gershwin,  Coleman,  ... 
    Performer:  Billy Brooks,  Branimir Slokar,  Silvano Bazan,  Rolf Aberer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slokar Trombone Quartet
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  • 172.
    Flute - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 66703 Release Date: 12/06/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Carl Nielsen,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Edgard Varčse  ... 
    Performer:  Frantisek Posta,  Frantisek Slama,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Josef Hála  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Munclinger,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  Philippe Entremont,  Michel Colombier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ars Rediviva,  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Chamber Ensemble  ... 
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  • 173.
    Selections From The Heifetz Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62645 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Israel Baker,  Arnold Belnick  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 174.
    The King's Singers - Original Debut Recording
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6562 Release Date: 05/10/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ron Goodwin,  Traditional,  Burt Bacharach,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers,  Gordon Langford Trio
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  • 175.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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