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 / Zambello, Owens, Mitchell, Lynch [blu-ray]
Release Date: 03/25/2014   Label: Euroarts  
Catalog: 2059634   Number of Discs: 1
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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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Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
Release Date: 09/07/2005   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 19   Number of Discs: 1
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Great American Songbook - Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin / Hyman
Release Date: 01/12/2010   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 2725   Number of Discs: 2
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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    Gershwin - Super Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 92388 Release Date: 05/04/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Joshua Bell,  John Williams,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Philippe Entremont  ... 
    Conductor:  Andre Kostelanetz,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Eugene Ormandy,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra,  Chestnut Brass Company,  London Symphony Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    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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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    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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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    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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  • 60.
    Gala Night / Kasarova, Falk, Southwest German Radio Orchestra
    Label: Hänssler Classic   Catalog: 93020 Release Date: 08/28/2001   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Gioachino Rossini,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Harold Arlen  ... 
    Performer:  David Johnson,  Patricia Nessi,  Lars Lettner,  Ewa Podles  ... 
    Conductor:  Peter Falk
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southwest German Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern
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  • 61.
    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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  • 62.
    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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  • 63.
    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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  • 64.
    Bassoonatics / Caliban Quartet
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 5011 Release Date: 10/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Astor Piazzolla,  Kurt Weill,  Michael Welsh,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Caliban Quartet
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  • 65.
    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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  • 66.
    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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  • 67.
    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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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    Menuhin & Grappelli Play... Gershwin, Berlin, Kern, Et Al
    Label: Emi Classics Double Fforte   Catalog: 73380 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Hoagy Carmichael,  Jacob Gade,  Richard Rodgers,  Cole Porter  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Taylor,  Laurie Holloway,  Stéphane Grappelli,  Lennie Bush  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Harris,  Nelson Riddle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Alan Clare Trio
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  • 72.
    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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  • 73.
    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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  • 74.
    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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  • 75.
    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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