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
Ives: Symphony No 2; Carter: Instances; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Morlot
Release Date: 04/29/2014   Label: Seattle Symphony Orchestra  
Catalog: 1003   Number of Discs: 1
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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Girl Crazy: I got rhythm

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    La Folie Americaine! - Dvorak, Gershwin, Bernstein, Barber, Copland, Glass, Adams
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 2564634485 Release Date: 02/11/2014   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Philip Glass,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Hélène Grimaud,  Richard Rodney Bennett,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn,  David Zinman,  John McGlinn,  Simon Rattle  ... 
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    Edition Klavier-festival Ruhr, Vol. 29: Frankreich, Amerika & Neue Musik
    Label: Cavi Music   Catalog: 8553273 Release Date: 04/09/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Claude Debussy,  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Bertrand Chamayou,  Ya-Fei Chuang,  Robert D. [American Pianist] Levin,  Eva Vogel  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Gershwin Quartett (String Quartet)
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    That's Entertainment - A Celebration of Classic MGM Musicals
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 15544 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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    That's Entertainment - A Celebration Of The MGM Film Musical [CD & DVD]
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 28843 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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    That's Entertainment! A Celebration Of The MGM Film Musical / John Wilson Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 19004 Release Date: 09/25/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Green,  Hugh Martin,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  John Wilson,  Kim Criswell,  Curtis Stigers,  Matthew Ford  ... 
    Conductor:  John Wilson
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  • 6.
    American Song / Meriel Dickinson, Peter Dickinson
    Label: Heritage   Catalog: 231 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Elliott Carter,  Virgil Thomson,  John Cage  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Dickinson,  Meriel Dickinson
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    Gershwin Plus: Piano Solos And Novelty Arrangements
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20031 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Zez Confrey,  Bix Beiderbecke
    Performer:  Geoffrey Haydon
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  • 8.
    Music & Painters - Music Of The Era Of Monet, Chagall, Courbet & Picasso
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 5283 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  Maurice Ravel,  Claude Debussy,  Gabriel Fauré,  Ernest Chausson  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Gastinel,  Daniel Blumenthal,  Marie-Nicole Lemieux,  Noel Lee  ... 
    Conductor:  Dmitry Yablonsky,  Christoph Eschenbach,  Alain Lombard,  Bernard Haitink  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Kasbek Ensemble,  Russian State Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestre de Paris  ... 
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    Beethoven Invents Jazz
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 0709232 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Claude Debussy,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Truls Otterbech Mork,  Juhani Lagerspetz,  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Michael Collins  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Charles Mackerras,  Simon Rattle,  Alberto Zedda,  Wayne Marshall  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Melos Ensemble London
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  • 10.
    Hollywood / Puppini Sisters
    Label: Verve   Catalog: 001630902 Release Date: 11/15/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jule Styne,  George Gershwin,  Nacio Herb Brown
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Puppini Sisters
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    Musical Comedy Favorites / Andre Kostelanetz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88998 Release Date: 06/14/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern,  Richard Rodgers,  Vincent Youmans  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra
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    American Classics - Bernstein, Copland, Et Al / Kam, Bühl
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 884822 Release Date: 05/31/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Artie Shaw,  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Kam
    Conductor:  Gregor Bühl
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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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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  • 14.
    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 15.
    Bizarre Or Barock / Elizabeth Anderson
    Label: Move   Catalog: 3179 Release Date: 01/11/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Willard Palmer,  Traditional,  Jean-François Dandrieu,  Louis-Claude Daquin  ... 
    Performer:  Danny Fischer,  Kylie Davies,  Elizabeth Anderson
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    Label: Enf   Catalog: 5637760973 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frederick Hemke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Figard String Quintet
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    Love Is The Thing / Lena Horne
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 66473 Release Date: 12/02/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Matt Dubey,  Victor Young,  Harold Arlen,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Performer:  Lena Horne
    Conductor:  Lennie Hayton,  Marty Paich,  Marty Gold
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lennie Hayton Orchestra,  Orchestra
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    American Music For Clarinet And Piano / Manasse, Nakamatsu
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907508 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Novacek,  Paquito O'Rivera,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jon Manasse,  Jon Nakamatsu
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  • 19.
    The Golden Age Of Light Music: Strings In Rhythm
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5167 Release Date: 09/14/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Victor Herbert,  Cole Porter,  Gordon Jenkins,  Lennie Hayton  ... 
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Victor Silvester,  Gordon Jenkins,  George Melachrino  ... 
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  • 20.
    Flying Saxophone Circus / Turkovik, Selmer Saxharmonic
    Label: Md&g (Dabringhaus & Grimm)   Catalog: 9101625 Release Date: 06/01/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Darius Milhaud,  Jean Matitia  ... 
    Conductor:  Milan Turkovic
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Selmer Saxharmonic
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  • 21.
    Gershwin: Songs From The Shows; Overtures
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 6689 Release Date: 05/04/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McGlinn,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
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  • 22.
    Rhapsody: The Music Of George Gershwin
    Label: Brassjar   Catalog: BJM002 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  James Stephenson
    Performer:  Jacob Cameron,  Rob Conway,  Brian Buerkle,  Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Stoner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Brass Quintet
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  • 23.
    Waldbuhne Concert - American Night
    Label: Kultur Video   Catalog: 4522 Release Date: 08/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Paul Lincke
    Performer:  Marietta Simpson,  Cynthia Haymon,  Willard White,  Damon Evans  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 24.
    X2 Joshua Bell: Bernstein - Gershwin / Williams, Zinman, Philharmonia, Lso
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 750529 Release Date: 07/07/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Courage,  Leonard Bernstein
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams
    Conductor:  John Williams,  David Zinman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra
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    American Mood
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 524 Release Date: 06/09/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Billy Strayhorn,  Vangelis,  Gray,  John Philip Sousa  ... 
    Performer:  Tim Zimmerman and the King's Brass
    Conductor:  Tim Zimmerman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The King's Brass
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