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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 By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559750   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559107   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
Release Date: 05/08/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807441   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559705   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 151.
    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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  • 152.
    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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  • 153.
    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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  • 154.
    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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  • 155.
    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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  • 156.
    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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  • 157.
    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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  • 158.
    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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  • 159.
    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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  • 160.
    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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  • 161.
    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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  • 162.
    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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  • 163.
    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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  • 164.
    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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  • 165.
    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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  • 166.
    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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  • 167.
    Strike Up The Band - The Music Of George Gershwin / Hayman
    Label: Naxos International   Catalog: 990031 Release Date: 02/15/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra
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  • 168.
    Gershwin Weekend
    Label: London/Decca Weekend Classics   Catalog: 436570 Release Date: 01/18/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Julius Katchen,  Leontyne Price
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Annuncio Paolo Mantovani,  Lorin Maazel,  István Kertész
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Mantovani & His Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 169.
    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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  • 170.
    Gershwin: Highlights From Porgy And Bess / Demain, Dale
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 54680 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Larry Marshall,  Andrew Smith,  Alexander B. Smalls,  Donnie Ray Albert  ... 
    Conductor:  John DeMain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Chorus,  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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  • 171.
    The Kiri Selection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54530 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanley Myers,  Paul McCartney,  Jerome Kern,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Kere Buchanan,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Carl Doy,  Frank Ricotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis,  Jonathan Tunick,  Douglas Gamley,  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London members  ... 
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  • 172.
    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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  • 173.
    Kathleen Battle At Carnegie Hall
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 435440 Release Date: 08/11/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ralph Ricardo Simpson,  Traditional,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Gustave Charpentier  ... 
    Performer:  Margo Garrett,  Kathleen Battle
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  • 174.
    Dinner Classics - An American Picnic
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 48257 Release Date: 04/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Ivan Davis,  Tommy Johnson,  John Steele Ritter  ... 
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Michel Colombier,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Lazar Gosman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra  ... 
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  • 175.
    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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