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
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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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Porgy and Bess: Summertime

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  • 176.
    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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  • 177.
    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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  • 178.
    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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  • 179.
    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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  • 180.
    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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  • 181.
    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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  • 182.
    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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  • 183.
    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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  • 184.
    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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  • 185.
    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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  • 186.
    Classic Gershwin / Bernstein, Gershwin, Rampal, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 42516 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Harold Jones,  Andy Simpkins,  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  William Goodchild,  Michel Colombier,  Zubin Mehta  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic members  ... 
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  • 187.
    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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  • 188.
    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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  • 189.
    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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  • 190.
    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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  • 191.
    Sweet Dreams - Brahms, Chopin, Debussy, Ravel, Grieg, Et Al
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 44998 Release Date: 09/12/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Claude Debussy,  Robert Schumann,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Frederica Von Stade
    Conductor:  Thomas Schippers,  Eugene Ormandy,  Percy Faith,  Bruno Walter  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra,  Philadelphia Orchestra,  Percy Faith & His Orchestra  ... 
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  • 192.
    Gershwin: Songs / Hendricks, Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416460 Release Date: 08/28/1986   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Barbara Hendricks,  Katia Labèque
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  • 193.
    Best Of The Lost Recordings & Secret Broadcasts / Glenn Miller
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 52290 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joe Garland,  Robert M. Crawford,  James Francis McHugh,  Jerry Gray  ... 
    Conductor:  Glenn Miller
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  • 194.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Rocheman, Opus 16
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617083 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Manuel Rocheman
    Conductor:  Opus 16 Ensemble
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  • 195.
    Label: Mandala   Catalog: 4940 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leo Brouwer,  Minoru Miki,  Toru Takemitsu,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Phillipe Azoulay
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