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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 By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559750   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: Piano Concerto In F, Etc / Nakamatsu, Et Al
Release Date: 05/08/2007   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 807441   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559705   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 26.
    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 27.
    Encore - Kiri Te Kanawa Sings Berlin, Gershwin And Kern / Mcglinn, London Sinfonietta
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 35729 Release Date: 02/24/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jerome Kern,  George Gershwin,  Irving Berlin
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  Jonathan Tunick,  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta,  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra,  Abbey Road Ensemble
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  • 28.
    From The Shtetl To New York
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 173 Release Date: 10/28/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Richard Rodgers,  George Gershwin,  Harold Arlen
    Performer:  Isabelle Georges
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Sirba Octet
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  • 29.
    Gershwin: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 30.
    Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7901 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Lukas Foss,  Alan Shulman,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Ida Kavafian,  Theodore Arm,  Steven Tenenbom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
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  • 31.
    Collected Recordings
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 4696734 Release Date: 06/09/2008   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Robert Schumann,  Claude Debussy,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
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  • 32.
    Gershwin / United States Army Concert Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: ALT07329 Release Date: 05/01/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joseph Holt
    Conductor:  Thomas Rotondi Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Concert Band
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  • 33.
    Stardust - Enchanted Mood Music / Fiedler, Boston Pops
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 35045 Release Date: 02/21/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johnny Mandel,  Marvin Hamlisch,  Billy Strayhorn,  Edward "Duke" Ellington  ... 
    Performer:  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Al Hirt,  Peter Nero
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops
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  • 34.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Songbook / Donohoe
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08995 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe,  Alan Whitehead
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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  • 35.
    Gran Fanfaria / Clamor, Venezuelan Brass Ensemble
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2056788 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giancarlo Castro,  Alejandro Scarpino,  Zequinha de Abreu,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Conductor:  Thomas Clamor
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Venezuelan Brass Ensemble
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  • 36.
    Introducing Xiayin Wang - Bach, Mozart, Ravel, Et Al
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81369 Release Date: 04/10/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Maurice Ravel,  Alexander Scriabin  ... 
    Performer:  Xiayin Wang
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  • 37.
    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 707416 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Claude Debussy,  Karl Goldmark  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams,  Frederic Chiu,  Simon Mulligan  ... 
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Michael Stern,  Esa-Pekka Salonen,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra of St. Luke's,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 38.
    Viola Swirl - Bunch, Coleman, Porter, Etc / Rodland, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 834 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter
    Performer:  Carol Rodland,  Tatevik Mokatsian
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  • 39.
    Gershwin: Songbook / Duo Campion-Vachon
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 23074 Release Date: 11/22/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Mario Vachon,  Guy Campion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Campion-Vachon Duo
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  • 40.
    The Essential Collection - George Gershwin
    Label: West End Records   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Al Jolson,  Sue Allen,  Hazel Scott,  Ike Hatch  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Billy Butterfield,  Toots Camarata,  Eddie Condon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Billy Butterfield Orchestra,  Eddie Condon Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Music Camera Action!
    Label: Analekta   Catalog: 29825 Release Date: 10/26/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Elton John,  Paul McCartney,  Benoît Charest  ... 
    Conductor:  Gilbert Patenaude
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Les Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal
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  • 42.
    Donald Angle On Harpsichord
    Label: Afka   Catalog: 517 Release Date: 10/24/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harry Warren,  Steve Goodman,  Vasily Solov'yov-Sedoy,  Bob Carleton  ... 
    Performer:  Donald Angle
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  • 43.
    Night Of Rhythm & Dance / Nagano, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050526 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ji-Ping Jhao,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Isao Matsushita  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Mari Kodama,  Momo Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 44.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 000616702 Release Date: 03/14/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  James Levine,  David Finck,  André Previn,  Roberto Szidon
    Conductor:  James Levine,  Seiji Ozawa,  Edward Downes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Gershwin - New York Connections / Hayes
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2005 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Hayes
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  • 46.
    Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
    Label: Reference Recordings   Catalog: 19 Release Date: 09/07/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marni Nixon,  Lincoln Mayorga
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  • 47.
    Gershwin: Fascinating Rhythm / Menuhin, Grappelli
    Label: Emi Classics Encore   Catalog: 85081 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Chris Karen,  Tony Crombie,  Yehudi Menuhin,  Stéphane Grappelli  ... 
    Conductor:  Nelson Riddle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Alan Clare Trio
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  • 48.
    The Art Of Transcription - Gershwin / Himy
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2705 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Eric Himy
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  • 49.
    Gemini - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin, Berlin, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86230 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jack Strachey,  David Raksin,  Vernon Duke  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Wright,  Ike Isaacs,  Lennie Bush,  Alan Clare  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Harris,  Nelson Riddle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Alan Clare Trio
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  • 50.
    Ready, Steady, Blow! - Music For Beginner Oboists
    Label: Oboe Classics   Catalog: 2010 Release Date: 01/25/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  William Byrd,  George Gershwin,  King VIII Henry  ... 
    Performer:  Marcus Andrews,  Julia White,  Alexandra Birchall,  Uchenna Ngwe  ... 
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