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/American In Paris
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550295   Number of Discs: 1
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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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The Best Of Gershwin
Release Date: 02/20/2001   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8556686   Number of Discs: 1
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Classic American Love Songs - Arlen, Gershwin, Weill, Et Al
Release Date: 06/26/2007   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559314   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so

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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    Caroline Goulding
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80744 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  George Gershwin,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Paul Schoenfield  ... 
    Performer:  Caroline Goulding,  Janine Randall,  Christopher O'Riley
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    Cinema / Laurent Korcia
    Label: Apm {all Parts Move}   Catalog: 65642 Release Date: 07/28/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Churchill,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Franco Mannino,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Camille,  Laurent Korcia,  Baptiste Vay,  Florian Frere  ... 
    Conductor:  Matthieu Gonet,  Michael Wendeberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  European Chamber Orchestra
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  • 30.
    Café Music / Trio Solisti
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9296 Release Date: 05/12/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  George Gershwin,  Joaquin Turina,  Paul Schoenfield
    Performer:  Maria Bachmann,  Alexis Pia Gerlach,  Jon Klibonoff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Trio Solisti
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 35 - Mendelssohn, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61766 Release Date: 04/22/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Ernst Toch,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Robert Russell Bennett  ... 
    Performer:  Arnold Belnick,  Jascha Heifetz,  Israel Baker,  Joseph Stepansky  ... 
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    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Excerpts) / Slatkin, Estes
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412720 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander,  Simon Estes,  Diane Curry
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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    Salut d'amour / Anne Akiko Meyers, Sandra Rivers
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62546 Release Date: 02/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Manuel de Falla,  Kosaku Yamada,  Rentauro Taki  ... 
    Performer:  Sandra Rivers,  Anne Akiko Meyers
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  • 34.
    Paul Robeson - The Complete EMI Sessions 1928-1939
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15586 Release Date: 08/19/2008   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Traditional,  Thomas John Williams,  John Ireland  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Robeson,  Lawrence Brown,  Ruthland Clapham,  Herbert Dawson
    Conductor:  Ernest Irving,  Walter Goehr,  Ronnie Munro,  Carroll Gibbons  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Mayfair Orchestra,  Jack Hylton Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Symphonic Brass - Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570726 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  John T. Williams,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas J. Childs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band
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  • 36.
    Works For Violin & Piano / Gowers, Owen
    Label: Somm   Catalog: 64 Release Date: 09/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vittorio Monti,  Gabriel Fauré,  Maurice Ravel,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Katharine Gowers,  Charles Owen
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  • 37.
    Fazil Say Plays Bach, Tchaikovsky, Liszt, Stravinsky & Gershwin
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 4699708 Release Date: 08/27/2007   Number of Discs: 4
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Franz Liszt,  George Gershwin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  Stanley Drucker,  Albert Regni,  James Saporito  ... 
    Conductor:  Yuri Temirkanov,  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Petersburg Philharmonia,  New York Philharmonic
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  • 38.
    Salut D'amour - R. Strauss: Violin Sonata, Etc / Chuanyun Li
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 98278 Release Date: 06/12/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Strauss,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  William Kroll  ... 
    Performer:  Li Chuanyun,  Robert Koenig
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  • 39.
    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108031 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Enrique Granados,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Enrico Toselli  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Rawitz,  Janos Maté
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  • 40.
    Heifetz - It Ain't Necessarily So - Legendary Classic and Jazz Studio Takes
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000719002 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Hermann Lohr,  Benjamin Godard,  Cecil Burleigh  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Bing Crosby,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Victor Young,  Salvador Camarata
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 41.
    Gemini - Violin Encores / Itzhak Perlman
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 76957 Release Date: 02/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Maurice Ravel,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Ernesto Halffter  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 42.
    Debussy, Gershwin, Piazzolla, Etc / Andrew Zohn
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2740 Release Date: 07/26/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  George Gershwin,  Andrew Zohn,  Claude Debussy
    Performer:  Andrew Zohn
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  • 43.
    Light Classics - Gershwin For Trumpet / Bartos, Breiner
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554302 Release Date: 05/18/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Breiner,  Juraj Bartos
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  • 44.
    Get Happy! / George Shearing, King's Singers
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 54190 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Shearing,  Harold Arlen,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Neil Swainson,  George Shearing,  John Harle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 45.
    The Best Of Classical - Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Bach, Et Al
    Label: United Multimedia   Catalog: 6265 Release Date: 06/25/2002   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Johann Strauss Jr.,  George Gershwin,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
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  • 46.
    Elmar Oliveira Plays Favorite Encores
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Victor Herbert,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Koenig,  Elmar Oliveira
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  • 47.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy And Bess (Excerpts), Etc
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 84518 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gregg Baker,  Roberta Alexander,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Choral Artists,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 48.
    Americana / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462948 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  George Gershwin,  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 49.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Arrangements, Etc /Fazil Say, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 426202 Release Date: 04/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fazil Say,  James Saporito,  Joe Pereira,  William Blossom  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic
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  • 50.
    The Romantic Violin / Sergiu Schwartz, Ruzhka Charakchieva
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 211 Release Date: 02/14/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Fritz Kreisler,  César Franck,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Ruzhka Charakchieva,  Sergiu Schwartz
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