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: Porgy & Bess / Owens, Mitchell, SF Opera
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059638   Number of Discs: 2
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Gershwin: Porgy & Bess / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
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Catalog: 2059634   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / Katia & Marielle Labeque
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802004   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Liza Ferschtman, Mario Venzago
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72530   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Porgy and Bess: It ain't necessarily so

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  • 51.
    Heifetz In Performance
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63885 Release Date: 12/07/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  George Gershwin,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz
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  • 52.
    Lebendige Vergangenheit - Robert Merrill Vol 3
    Label: Preiser Records   Catalog: 89592 Release Date: 08/31/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Monro,  Traditional,  Anonymous,  Jay Livingston  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Merrill,  Leila Edwards,  Roberta Peters,  Dorothy Kirsten  ... 
    Conductor:  Hugo Winterhalter,  Henri René,  Charles Sanford,  H. Leopold Spitalny  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hugo Winterhalter & His Orchestra,  Henri René Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Americana - Adams, Bernstein, Ellington, Et Al / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 57691 Release Date: 03/09/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lindsay McPhail,  Leonard Bernstein,  John Adams,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Performer:  Bobby Watson,  Geri Allen,  Lewis Nash,  Peter Washington  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  Birmingham Contemporary Music Group,  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    The Very Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Universal (Poland)   Catalog: 9809662 Release Date: 07/28/2003   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
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  • 56.
    Tango Song And Dance / Mutter, Previn, Orkis
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000005802 Release Date: 04/08/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Fritz Kreisler,  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Anne-Sophie Mutter,  Lambert Orkis,  André Previn
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  • 57.
    Get Happy! / George Shearing, King's Singers
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54190 Release Date: 09/10/2002   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Shearing,  Harold Arlen,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Shearing,  Neil Swainson,  John Harle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  King's Singers
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    It's Wonderful - Tribute To George Gershwin / Hendricks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5570492 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ira Coleman,  Ed Thigpen,  Geoffrey Keezer,  Barbara Hendricks
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall String Ensemble
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  • 60.
    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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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Gershwin,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett
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  • 65.
    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 66.
    Main Street Usa / New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Crossings   Catalog: 9896 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Michael Stephenson,  Stephen Pollack,  Brad Hubbard,  James Boatman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Saxophone Quartet
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  • 67.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Selections), Blue Monday / Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80434 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kirk Walker,  Marquita Lister,  Thomas Young,  Gregg Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central State University Chorus,  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 68.
    Heritage  Songs Of Free Men / Paul Robeson, Et Al
    Label: Sony Classical Masterworks   Catalog: 63223 Release Date: 12/09/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George H. Clutsam,  George Gershwin,  Jerome Kern,  Oley Speaks  ... 
    Performer:  Paul Robeson,  Lawrence Brown
    Conductor:  Emanuel Balaban
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Concert Orchestra
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  • 69.
    The Fiddler Of The Opera / Gil Shaham
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447640 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jenö Hubay,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Akira Eguchi,  Gil Shaham
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  • 70.
    Prima Voce - Lawrence Tibbett - From Broadway To Hollywood
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7881 Release Date: 07/06/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jacques Wolfe,  Vincent Youmans,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 71.
    Virtuoso Violin Encores - Heifetz Transcriptions / Rosand
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8201 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  John Covelli
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    Bits And Pieces / Itzhak Perlman, Samuel Sanders
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54882 Release Date: 10/11/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Edwin Grasse  ... 
    Performer:  Itzhak Perlman,  Samuel Sanders
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  • 74.
    Selections From The Heifetz Collection
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 62645 Release Date: 09/13/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Manuel de Falla,  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith,  Israel Baker,  Arnold Belnick  ... 
    Conductor:  Fritz Reiner,  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg,  Franz Waxman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 75.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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