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, Ravel, Debussy / O'Riley, Wordsworth, Royal PO
Release Date: 08/11/2009   Label: Royal Philharmonic Masterworks  
Catalog: 28050   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F / Katia & Marielle Labeque
Release Date: 07/27/2010   Label: Newton Classics  
Catalog: 8802004   Number of Discs: 1
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Dvorak: Violin Concerto; Gershwin: An American In Paris / Liza Ferschtman, Mario Venzago
Release Date: 02/14/2012   Label: Challenge  
Catalog: 72530   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Girl Crazy: I got rhythm

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  • 76.
    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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  • 77.
    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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  • 78.
    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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  • 79.
    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 Williams
    Conductor:  John Williams
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 80.
    We Got Rhythm - A Gershwin Songbook / Previn, Finck
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 453493 Release Date: 05/12/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  David Finck,  André Previn
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  • 81.
    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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  • 82.
    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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  • 83.
    Brass On Broadway / Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442133 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frank Loesser,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Romm,  Charles Daellenbach,  David Ohanian,  Frederic Mills  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 84.
    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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  • 85.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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  • 86.
    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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  • 87.
    The Kiri Selection
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54530 Release Date: 11/17/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Stanley Myers,  Paul McCartney,  Jerome Kern,  James Horner  ... 
    Performer:  Kere Buchanan,  Dame Kiri Te Kanawa,  Carl Doy,  Frank Ricotti  ... 
    Conductor:  Carl Davis,  Jonathan Tunick,  Douglas Gamley,  John McGlinn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  National Philharmonic Orchestra London members  ... 
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  • 88.
    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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  • 89.
    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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  • 90.
    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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  • 91.
    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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  • 92.
    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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  • 93.
    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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  • 94.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Rocheman, Opus 16
    Label: K 617   Catalog: 617083 Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Manuel Rocheman
    Conductor:  Opus 16 Ensemble
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