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 And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 09/23/1997   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 56220   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Anne Brown, Todd Duncan
Release Date: 04/28/1992   Label: Mca  
Catalog: 10520   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Demain, Houston Grand Opera
Release Date: 10/25/1990   Label: Rca Victor Red Seal  
Catalog: 32109   Number of Discs: 3
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Gershwin: Porgy And Bess / Rattle, White, Haymon
Release Date: 07/03/2001   Label: Warner Classics  
Catalog: 92497   Number of Discs: 1
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The Gershwins' Porgy & Bess / Mauceri, Et Al
Release Date: 09/12/2006   Label: Decca  
Catalog: 000743102   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Song Book, Concerto In F / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54280 Release Date: 02/27/2001   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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  • 53.
    The Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556686 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kathryn Selby,  Leon Bates
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 54.
    Bassoonatics / Caliban Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 10/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Johannes Brahms,  Jean Sibelius,  Mitchell Clarke  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 55.
    Songs Of The Lights / Bartle, Toronto Children's Chorus
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81253 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Leon Dubinsky,  Leonard Enns  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson,  Sarah Hicks,  Aaron Schwebel,  Robynne McKinlay  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
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  • 56.
    Gershwin: 13 Songs / Barcelona Clarinet Quartet
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 08/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Clarinet Quartet
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  • 57.
    The George Gershwin Songbook / Julie Hill, Craig Bohmler
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2322 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Craig Bohmler,  Julie Hill
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  • 58.
    The Songs Live On - The Centenary Tour /Zamir Chorale Boston
    Label: Zamir Chorale   Catalog: 914 Release Date: 01/25/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  David Burger,  Emanuel Amiran,  Shlomo Weisfish  ... 
    Performer:  Marina Gorny,  Edwin Swanborn,  Rick Boyar,  Caroll Goldberg  ... 
    Conductor:  Joshua Jacobson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zamir Chorale Boston
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  • 59.
    United Sounds Of Bassoon / Turkovic, Goldings, Galler, Et Al
    Label: Camerata Records   Catalog: 545 Release Date: 12/14/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Desmond,  Cypriano de Rore,  Scott Joplin,  W.C. Handy  ... 
    Performer:  Milan Turkovic,  Clelia Goldings,  Richard Galler,  Alex Turkovic  ... 
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  • 60.
    Organ Improvisations - Wayne Marshall
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3228 Release Date: 12/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Vincent Youmans,  Jule Styne,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 61.
    Fascinating Rhythm - Gershwin: Piano Music / Brownridge
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55006 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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  • 62.
    Copland: Four Piano Blues, Etc;  Gershwin / Mark Anderson
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 5585 Release Date: 03/23/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Mark Anderson
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  • 63.
    Simply Four Saxophones / Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 72527 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  George Gershwin,  Anonymous,  Ferenc Farkas  ... 
    Performer:  Andrew Wilson,  Sarah Markham,  Alex Mitchell,  Martin Kerrigan
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Adelphi Saxophone Quartet
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  • 64.
    American Rhapsody - A Tribute To George Gershwin / Vienna Arts Orchestra
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63258 Release Date: 09/15/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dee Dee Bridgewater,  Joe Lovano,  Ray Anderson,  Anna Lauvergnac  ... 
    Conductor:  Mathias Ruegg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna Art Orchestra
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  • 65.
    Gershwin Fantasy / Joshua Bell, John Williams, London So
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 60659 Release Date: 07/28/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Alexander Courage
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John T. Williams
    Conductor:  John T. Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Gershwin Among Friends / Keller, Ridenour, Ordman, Et Al
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 274 Release Date: 02/03/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Linn Maxwell,  Rich Ridenour,  Ava Ordman,  Bill Vits  ... 
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  • 67.
    Stairway To The Stars / Tom Hazleton
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 77006 Release Date: 08/22/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Leo Robin,  Irving Berlin,  Ray Noble  ... 
    Performer:  Thomas Hazleton
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  • 68.
    Gershwin: Complete Piano Works / Dag Achatz
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 404 Release Date: 09/23/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dag Achatz
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  • 69.
    Fennell Conducts Porter & Gershwin
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434327 Release Date: 02/16/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter
    Conductor:  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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  • 70.
    Gershwin: Preludes, Songs;  Corea: Children's Songs / Bates
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8550341 Release Date: 09/04/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Chick Corea,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Leon Bates
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  • 71.
    Gershwin: Piano Music, Songs / Joan Morris, William Bolcom
    Label: Nonesuch   Catalog: 79151 Release Date: 04/09/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Bolcom,  Joan Morris
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  • 72.
    Fascinatin' Rampal - Rampal Plays Gershwin
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 39700 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  John Steele Ritter,  Randy Kerber,  Neil Stubenhaus  ... 
    Conductor:  Michel Colombier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic members,  Orchestra
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  • 73.
    Kiri Sings Gershwin /Mcglinn, New Princess Theater Orchestra
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 47454 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa
    Conductor:  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York New Princess Theatre Orchestra,  New York Choral Artists,  The Foursome
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  • 74.
    Strike Up The Band - The Canadian Brass Plays Gershwin
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 6490 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 75.
    Gershwin: Songs / Hendricks, Katia & Marielle Labeque
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 416460 Release Date: 08/28/1986   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Marielle Labèque,  Barbara Hendricks,  Katia Labèque
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