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

Work: Girl Crazy: I got rhythm

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  • 26.
    Gershwin: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 27.
    Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7901 Release Date: 06/19/2008   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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    The Lorelei / Kim Criswell
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54802 Release Date: 03/26/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Cole Porter,  Richard Rodgers,  Kurt Weill,  Arthur Schwartz  ... 
    Performer:  Kim Criswell
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Sinfonietta
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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    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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  • 32.
    The Essential Joshua Bell
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 707416 Release Date: 04/03/2007   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Jules Massenet,  Felix Mendelssohn,  Pablo de Sarasate  ... 
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  Simon Mulligan,  Frederic Chiu,  John T. Williams  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Michael Stern,  Roger Norrington,  David Zinman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields,  Camerata Salzburg  ... 
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    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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  • 35.
    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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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    A Nice Boy From Brooklyn - Michael Dulin Plays Gershwin
    Label: Equity Digital   Catalog: 5637283117 Release Date: 10/19/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Michael Dulin
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  • 41.
    Jerry Willard Plays! - Four Centuries Of Lute And Guitar
    Label: Lyrichord   Catalog: 8051 Release Date: 09/21/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gaspar Sanz,  George Gershwin,  Miguel Llobet,  Johann Sebastian Bach  ... 
    Performer:  Jerry Willard
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  • 42.
    The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186021 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Ludmil Angelov,  George Pieterson,  Gregor Horsch  ... 
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  • 43.
    Gershwin Without Words / Black, Fennell, Williams, Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000215602 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Charles Dutoit,  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 44.
    Take 9 / The American Horn Quartet
    Label: Msr   Catalog: 1089 Release Date: 12/30/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Kerry Turner,  Eric Ewazen,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johannes Brahms  ... 
    Performer:  Charles Putnam,  Geoffrey Winter,  Kerry Turner,  Jerome Ashby  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic Horns,  American Horn Quartet
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  • 45.
    Artist Portrait - Sharon Kam
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 7497082 Release Date: 03/31/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Robert Schumann,  Franz Krommer,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Francis Poulenc  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon Kam
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  • 46.
    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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  • 47.
    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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  • 48.
    Historic Two-piano Wizardry - Morley & Gearhart Rediscovered
    Label: Ivory Classics   Catalog: 72004 Release Date: 09/18/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Egbert Anson Van Alstyne,  John Waldo Green,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Zoltán Kodály  ... 
    Performer:  Virginia Morley,  Livingston Gearhart
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  • 49.
    My Funny Valentine / Dick Hyman, The Western Wind
    Label: Western Wind   Catalog: 4004 Release Date: 03/30/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Richard Rodgers
    Performer:  Dick Hyman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Western Wind Vocal Ensemble
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  • 50.
    Eloquence - Tonight! - Hits From The Musicals
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 468139 Release Date: 03/27/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter,  Mitchell Leigh  ... 
    Performer:  José Carreras,  Simon Estes,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Sylvia McNair  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Farnon,  Willie Anthony Waters,  Nelson Riddle,  John Mauceri
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Robert Farnon Orchestra,  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Nelson Riddle Orchestra  ... 
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