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

Work: Porgy and Bess: Summertime

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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    MagnifiCathy: The Many Voices of Cathy Berberian
    Label: Wergo   Catalog: 60054 Release Date: 12/08/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Cage,  Kurt Weill,  Claudio Monteverdi,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Bruno Canino,  Cathy Berberian
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  • 156.
    Summertime - Music For Guitar And Oboe / Wynberg, Anderson
    Label: Chandos Collect   Catalog: 6581 Release Date: 10/28/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Baptist Vanhal,  Fernando Sor,  Napoléon Coste,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  John Anderson,  Simon Wynberg
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  • 157.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Highlights / Rattle, White, Haymon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54325 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Harolyn Blackwell,  Bruce Hubbard,  Damon Evans,  Maureen Brathwaite  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 158.
    Bernstein, Gershwin, Tilson Thomas / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80159 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 159.
    Fascinatin' Rampal - Rampal Plays Gershwin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39700 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  John Steele Ritter,  Randy Kerber,  Neil Stubenhaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Colombier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Orchestra
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  • 160.
    Gershwin Live! / Sarah Vaughan, Michael Tilson Thomas / Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 37277 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney,  Andy Simpkins,  Harold Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 161.
    Kiri Sings Gershwin /Mcglinn, New Princess Theater Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47454 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra,  New York Choral Artists,  The Foursome
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  • 162.
    Strike Up The Band - The Canadian Brass Plays Gershwin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6490 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 163.
    Gershwin: Songs / Hendricks, Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416460 Release Date: 08/28/1986   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labčque,  Barbara Hendricks,  Katia Labčque
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  • 164.
    The Young Kiri: The Early Recordings 1964-70
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 430325 Release Date: 01/1991   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Princess Te Rangi Pai,  Traditional,  John Lennon  ... 
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
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