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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: 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 By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   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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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta [blu-ray Audio]
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 33   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/American In Paris
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550295   Number of Discs: 1
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    Jewish Composers In America - The Zamir Chorale Of Boston
    Label: Zamir Chorale   Catalog: 917 Release Date: 05/12/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sholom Secunda,  Johnny Mercer,  Herman Wohl,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Jacobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zamir Chorale Boston
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    Voice Of The People / Best Of
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1056 Release Date: 07/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  Mischa Spoliansky,  Ralph Ricardo Simpson,  Hoagy Carmichael  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Robeson
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    Classical Music For Your Star Sign: Leo
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 67042 Release Date: 07/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Anton Bruckner,  Claude Debussy,  Edvard Grieg,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Dieter Goldmann,  Mario-Ratko Delorko
    Conductor:  Alfred Scholz,  Libor Pesek,  Pierre Narrato,  Cesare Cantieri
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    Our American Roots
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3449 Release Date: 05/28/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  George Walker,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Emmanuel Feldman,  Joy Cline-Phinney
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    License To Thrill / Joe Burgstaller
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joe Burgstaller,  George Gershwin,  Chick Corea,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Butterman,  Joe Burgstaller,  Alex Clark,  Mary Burke  ... 
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    Violin Encores / Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1296 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Edouard Lalo,  George Gershwin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Souvenir D'amerique / Friedemann Eichhorn, Andreas Frolich
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 861 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  William Kroll,  Stephen Foster,  Henri Vieuxtemps  ... 
    Performer:  Friedemann Eichhorn,  Andreas Frolich
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    Heifetz In Performance
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 199846 Release Date: 11/06/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Claude Debussy,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  French National Orchestra
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    George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33312 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Haags Saxophone Quartet
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    Sinding, Paganini, Part, Gershwin / Yoon Kwon
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 44551 Release Date: 09/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Niccolò Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Yoon Kwon,  Min Kwon
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    Dedications...: A Life In Music
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11027 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Alexander Scriabin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  Linn Hendry,  Peter Pettinger,  Meralyn Knight
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    Leontyne Price - The Complete Collection Of Operatic Recital Albums
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 794051 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Laura Londi,  John W. Bubbles,  William Warfield  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Arturo Basile,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    Anne-Sophie Mutter - The Complete Musician [Highlights]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001587502 Release Date: 09/13/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sergei Prokofiev,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Johannes Brahms,  Max Bruch  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Antonio Meneses,  Mstislav Rostropovich,  Bruno Giuranna  ... 
    Conductor:  Herbert von Karajan,  Witold Lutoslawski,  André Previn,  James Levine  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  Dresden Staatskapelle  ... 
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Krein  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye,  Bing Crosby
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Victor Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Hugh Sung,  John Covelli
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    Turning Points / Mikhail Ovrutsky, Sonya Ovrutsky
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 300060 Release Date: 05/10/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Mikhail Ovrutsky,  Sonya Ovrutsky
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    Songs / Ensemble Contraste
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 510503 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Karine Deshayes,  Emily Loizeau,  Rosemary Standley,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Contraste
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    Gershwin: An American in Paris / Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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    Music By Masonic Composers
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Christian Bach,  Gregor Piatigorsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ventseslav Nikolov,  Ruzhka Tcharaktchieva
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    The Debut Recital
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 94426 Release Date: 04/05/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pablo de Sarasate,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Aram Khachaturian,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Sandra Rivers,  Sarah Chang
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    Bad Boys / Bryn Terfel
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4778091 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Gounod,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Gioachino Rossini,  Amilcare Ponchielli  ... 
    Performer:  Bryn Terfel,  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Balcarras Crafoord
    Conductor:  Paul Daniel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Swedish Radio Choir
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  • 22.
    State Of The Art - The Story Of Deutsche Grammophon
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001341102 Release Date: 12/15/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin,  Gabriel Fauré,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Martha Argerich,  Rafal Blechacz,  Kathleen Battle,  Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  Carlo Maria Giulini,  Leonard Bernstein,  Pierre Boulez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gabrieli Consort,  Andalucian Dogs
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  • 23.
    111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon [6 CD Set]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 001340802 Release Date: 10/20/2009   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Franz Schubert  ... 
    Performer:  Gidon Kremer,  Martha Argerich,  Pierre-Laurent Aimard,  Hans Hotter  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Strauss,  James Levine,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andalucian Dogs
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    American Composers - Pacific
    Label: Marsyas   Catalog: 1805 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland,  Robert Muczynski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Art Trio
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    Cafe Fiddle / Ben Breen, Milton Kaye
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 189 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Fritz Kreisler,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ben Breen,  Milton Kaye
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