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
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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Hummel, Gershwin, Elgar  /  Karen Geoghegan, Benjamin Wallfisch
Release Date: 06/24/2008   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10477   Number of Discs: 1
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    El Sistema At Salzburg Festival / Rattle, National Children's Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 716908 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Jesús Parra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela,  White Hands Choir of Venezuela
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    El Sistema At Salzburg Festival / Rattle, National Children's Symphony Orchestra Of Venezuela [blu-ray]
    Label: C Major   Catalog: 717004 Release Date: 07/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gustav Mahler,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Johann Strauss Sr.  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle,  Jesús Parra
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  National Children's Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela,  White Hands Choir of Venezuela
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  • 3.
    America!: Gershwin, From Broadway To The Concert Hall
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2908541 Release Date: 04/08/2014   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Frank Braley,  Jon Manasse,  Jon Nakamatsu,  Michael Sheppard  ... 
    Conductor:  Steven Richman,  Jeff Tyzik
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble New York
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    Sir Adrian Boult - The Complete Conductor
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 1927023 Release Date: 02/25/2014   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Gustav Holst,  Robert Simpson,  Sir Arthur Bliss  ... 
    Performer:  Felicity Palmer
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Symphony Orchestra,  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra  ... 
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    Mosh Pit / Zofo Duet [CD & Blu-Ray Audio]
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 92167 Release Date: 04/30/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Conlon Nancarrow,  John Corigliano,  Samuel Barber  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  ZOFO Duet
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  • 6.
    Mothership
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 50261 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mason Bates,  George Gershwin,  Robert Moran,  Joel Puckett  ... 
    Performer:  David Gonzalez Jr.,  Alex Burgoyne,  Caleb Miller,  Kelsey Patterson  ... 
    Conductor:  Andrew Trachsel
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    Made In America / Army Ground Forces Band
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 707902 Release Date: 01/31/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Morton Gould  ... 
    Conductor:  Dwayne Milburn,  Leonel A. Pena
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Army Ground Forces Band
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  • 8.
    Great American Showpieces
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 48952 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Aaron Copland
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Eduardo Mata
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  • 9.
    Gershwin / K. & M. Labeque, Chailly, Maazel, Cleveland Orchestra [7-CD Collector's Edition]
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 001546202 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque,  Ralph Votapek,  Peter Jablonski  ... 
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly,  Arthur Fiedler,  Vladimir Ashkenazy,  John Mauceri  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra,  Boston Pops,  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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    Label: Enf   Catalog: 5637760973 Release Date: 01/01/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Frederick Hemke
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Figard String Quintet
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  • 11.
    111 - The Collector's Edition 2 [56-CD Set - Limited Edition]
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 4779142 Release Date: 11/09/2010   Number of Discs: 56
    Composer:  Georges Bizet,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Maurice Ravel,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Stuart Harling,  Robert Lloyd,  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo  ... 
    Conductor:  Claudio Abbado,  John Nelson,  Leonard Bernstein,  Jerzy Semkow  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Ambrosian Singers,  George Watson's College Boys' Chorus  ... 
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  • 12.
    Gershwin: Who Cares?
    Label: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra   Catalog: 12 Release Date: 07/27/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Viv McLean
    Conductor:  Simon Lee,  John Baltimore
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  • 13.
    George Gershwin Fur Zwei Klaviere
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 115262 Release Date: 03/09/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Ines Walachowski,  Anna Walachowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Walachowski Piano Duo
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    Andre Previn - The Great Recordings - The LSO Years 1971-1980
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 67969 Release Date: 05/19/2009   Number of Discs: 10
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Carl Orff,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  André Previn,  Sheila Armstrong,  Thomas Allen,  Gerald English  ... 
    Conductor:  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  St. Clement Danes Grammar School Boys Choir,  London Symphony Chorus
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    Bernstein, Gershwin, Ravel, Wagner / Barenboim, Chicago Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 69816 Release Date: 02/25/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Richard Wagner,  Maurice Ravel,  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Donald Peck
    Conductor:  Daniel Barenboim
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris, Etc / Chailly
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 417326 Release Date: 12/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Katia Labèque,  Marielle Labèque
    Conductor:  Riccardo Chailly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Cleveland Orchestra
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    Gershwin: Music For Two Pianos / Anna & Ines Walachowski
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 17642 Release Date: 12/03/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Anna Walachowski,  Ines Walachowski
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, American In Paris, Etc / Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 425111 Release Date: 10/15/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Louis Lortie
    Conductor:  Charles Dutoit
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Montreal Symphony Orchestra
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    Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra - Legendary Masterworks Recordings
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 184512 Release Date: 10/14/2008   Number of Discs: 8
    Composer:  Modest Mussorgsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven,  George Gershwin,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Theo Adam,  Edda Moser,  Rosemarie Lang,  Peter Schreier  ... 
    Conductor:  Igor Markevitch,  Kurt Masur,  Václav Neumann,  Kurt Sanderling  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 20.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Concerto In F  / List, Hanson
    Label: Mercury Living Presence   Catalog: 434341 Release Date: 09/16/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  John Philip Sousa
    Performer:  Eugene List
    Conductor:  Howard Hanson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman-Rochester Symphony Orchestra,  Eastman Philharmonia
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  • 21.
    Basics 25-cd Boxset
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 186002 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 25
    Composer:  Hector Berlioz,  Georges Bizet,  Johannes Brahms,  Frédéric Chopin  ... 
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  • 22.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy & Bess Suite / Stockigt, Masur
    Label: Berlin Classics   Catalog: 1336 Release Date: 07/08/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Siegfried Stockigt
    Conductor:  Kurt Masur
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra
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  • 23.
    Gershwin / Previn, Rattle, Slatkin, London So, St. Louis So
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 6628 Release Date: 06/24/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin,  Simon Rattle,  André Previn
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta,  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc;  Ravel: Ma Mere L'oye, Etc / Goldstone, Clemmow
    Label: Divine Art   Catalog: 25057 Release Date: 05/06/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel
    Performer:  Caroline Clemmow,  Anthony Goldstone
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  • 25.
    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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