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
Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Piano Concerto, Variations on
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Work: Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so

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  • 51.
    The London Viola Sound
    Label: Cala Records   Catalog: 106 Release Date: 05/23/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Billy Strayhorn,  Burt Bacharach,  Sergei Prokofiev  ... 
    Performer:  Rivka Golani
    Conductor:  Geoffrey Simon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields violas,  BBC Symphony Orchestra Violas,  English National Opera Orchestras Violas  ... 
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  • 52.
    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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    It Ain't Necessarily So / Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54576 Release Date: 10/20/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Manuel de Falla,  Camille Saint-Saëns  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg,  Sandra Rivers
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    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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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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