George Gershwin


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: Cuban Overture

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  • 51.
    Gershwin: Dayful Of Song / Litton, Dallas Symphony Orchestra
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3216 Release Date: 05/22/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Andrew Litton,  Stephen Girko
    Conductor:  Andrew Litton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Dallas Symphony Orchestra
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  • 52.
    Rhapsody In Brass - George Gershwin / Munich Brass
    Label: Orfeo   Catalog: 306931 Release Date: 12/12/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Giuseppe Solera,  Norman Shetler
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Brass Ensemble
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  • 53.
    Gershwin - Greatest Hits
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64060 Release Date: 08/09/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Claus Adam,  Raphael Hillyer,  Earl Carlyss,  Robert Mann  ... 
    Conductor:  Louis Lane,  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Leonard Bernstein  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Juilliard String Quartet,  Cleveland Pops Orchestra,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra  ... 
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  • 54.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Levine, Chicago So
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 431625 Release Date: 06/15/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  James Levine
    Conductor:  James Levine
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra
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  • 55.
    The Complete Gershwin- Works For Piano & Orchestra / Siegel
    Label: Vox Box   Catalog: 5007 Release Date: 11/04/1992   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Jeffrey Siegel,  George Silfies,  John Korman,  Yuan Tung  ... 
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  St. Louis Symphony Orchestra
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