George Gershwin


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: Preludes, Songs;  Corea: Children's Songs / Bates
Release Date: 09/04/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550341   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 In Black And White / Haskell Small
Release Date: 10/05/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2174   Number of Discs: 1
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The George Gershwin Songbook / Julie Hill, Craig Bohmler
Release Date: 08/12/2000   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2322   Number of Discs: 1
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The Best Of Gershwin
Release Date: 02/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556686   Number of Discs: 1
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    New Worlds / Bill Murray, Jan Vogler & Friends
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 002718702 Release Date: 09/29/2017   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Franz Schubert,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Bill Murray,  Jan Vogler
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    Mutterissimo: The Art of Anne-Sophie Mutter
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 002597802 Release Date: 12/23/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Antonín Dvorák,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Lambert Orkis,  André Previn
    Conductor:  André Previn,  Manfred Honeck,  Kurt Masur,  Paul Sacher  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra,  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Anne Akiko Meyers: The Complete RCA Recordings
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875165752 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 6
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Antonín Dvorák,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Akiko Meyers,  Li Jian,  Rohan De Silva,  Andre-Michel Schub  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton,  Dmitrij Kitajenko,  Jesús Lopez-Cobos
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
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    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875170082 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Audra McDonald,  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Itzhak Perlman: The Complete Warner Recordings
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 552439 Release Date: 09/25/2015   Number of Discs: 77
    Composer:  Niccolň Paganini,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Pinchas Zukerman,  Ray Still,  Samuel Sanders  ... 
    Conductor:  Lawrence Foster,  Daniel Barenboim,  Itzhak Perlman,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  English Chamber Orchestra,  Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Jascha Heifetz: Favorite Recital Pieces & Encores
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875051042 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Howard Ferguson,  Karen Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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    Couleurs D'un Reve
    Label: Ars Produktion   Catalog: 38176 Release Date: 05/26/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Darius Milhaud,  Jean-Luc Defontaine,  Russell Peterson,  Marc Eychenne  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fratres Trio
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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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    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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    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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    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: 08/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Christian Sinding,  Maria Theresia Paradis,  Niccolň 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,  Yuri Shaporin,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Linn Hendry,  Keith Harvey,  Meralyn Knight,  Peter Pettinger
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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: 06/02/2011   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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    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:  Ruzhka Tcharaktchieva,  Ventseslav Nikolov
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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Penaforte: Between Sun & Snow / Valerius Ensemble
    Label: Aliud   Catalog: 362 Release Date: 06/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Raimundo Penaforte,  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Valerius Ensemble
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  • 24.
    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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  • 25.
    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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