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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Work: Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm

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    Michael Tilson Thomas Conducts Gershwin
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88875170082 Release Date: 05/27/2016   Number of Discs: 7
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Garrick Ohlsson,  Audra McDonald,  Brian Stokes Mitchell,  Michael Tilson Thomas  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  San Francisco Symphony Orchestra,  Columbia Jazz Band,  New York Philharmonic  ... 
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    Sun, Moon, Sea & Stars / Tenebrae Consort
    Label: Signum U.k.   Catalog: 903 Release Date: 03/11/2016   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Robert Chilcott,  Anonymous,  Charles Bennett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nigel Short
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tenebrae
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    Gershwin: Orchestrations by Grofe - Mancini: Music for Peter Gunn / Harmonie Ensemble
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 2907677 Release Date: 02/05/2016   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Henry Mancini,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Alfred Gallodoro
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble
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    Got A Little Rhythm / Amy Burton,  Patrick Mason
    Label: Bridge   Catalog: 9430 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Hersch,  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  Amy Burton,  Patrick Mason,  John Musto
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    The Golden Age Of Light Music: By Special Request - David Rose & Sidney Torch
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5219 Release Date: 11/11/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Rose,  Bob Merrill,  Will Jason,  Bernie Wayne  ... 
    Conductor:  David Rose,  Sidney Torch
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    Findlay in Blue - Piano Music of Gershwin, Gottschalk & Gould / Findlay Cockrell
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 1414 Release Date: 05/14/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Louis Moreau Gottschalk,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Findlay Cockrell
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    George Gershwin / The Gents, Csillag, Zomer, Haags Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Classics   Catalog: 33312 Release Date: 10/09/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Johannette Zomer
    Conductor:  Béni Csillag
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  The Gents,  Haags Saxophone Quartet
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    Fascinatin' Rhythm / Alan Feinberg
    Label: Argo   Catalog: 444457 Release Date: 07/17/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  James P. Johnson  ... 
    Performer:  Alan Feinberg,  Daniel Druckman
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    Gershwin Plus: Piano Solos And Novelty Arrangements
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20031 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Zez Confrey,  Bix Beiderbecke
    Performer:  Geoffrey Haydon
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, An American In Paris, The Man I Love / Tilson Thomas, Kostelantz
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64349 Release Date: 06/02/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Harold Jones,  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas,  Morton Gould,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Jazz Band,  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  Buffalo 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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    Gershwin By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
    Label: Harmonia Mundi   Catalog: 907492 Release Date: 04/13/2010   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lincoln Mayorga,  Alfred Gallodoro
    Conductor:  Steven Richman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Harmonie Ensemble
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    Jazz Tribute To Fred Astaire / Top Hat Trio
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90319 Release Date: 03/05/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter,  Jerome Kern
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Top Hat Trio
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    He Loves And She Loves - Gershwin: Songs & Duets
    Label: Koch International Classics   Catalog: 7772 Release Date: 01/27/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  William Parker,  Steven Blier,  Judy Kaye,  William Sharp
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    Gershwin: Songbook & Improvisations / Wayne Marshall
    Label: Erato   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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    Alma Y Corazon / Carlos Barbosa Lima, Berta Rojas
    Label: Onmusic Recordings   Catalog: 5637216890 Release Date: 10/18/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Stanley Myers,  Zequinha de Abreu,  José Fernández Díaz
    Performer:  Carlos Barbosa-Lima,  Berta Rojas
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    Viola Swirl - Bunch, Coleman, Porter, Etc / Rodland, Et Al
    Label: Crystal   Catalog: 834 Release Date: 02/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter
    Performer:  Carol Rodland,  Tatevik Mokatsian
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    The Essential Collection - George Gershwin
    Label: West End Records   Catalog: 872 Release Date: 11/21/2006   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Al Jolson,  Sue Allen,  Hazel Scott,  Ike Hatch  ... 
    Conductor:  Carmen Dragon,  Billy Butterfield,  Toots Camarata,  Eddie Condon  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra,  Billy Butterfield Orchestra,  Eddie Condon Orchestra  ... 
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    Klap Ur Handz / Lark Quartet
    Label: Endeavour Classics   Catalog: 1018 Release Date: 10/10/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Moravec,  Daniel Bernard Roumain,  George Gershwin,  Peter Schickele
    Performer:  Astrid Schween,  Deborah Buck,  Maria Bachmann,  Kathryn Lockwood  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lark String Quartet
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    Night Of Rhythm & Dance / Nagano, Berlin Philharmonic
    Label: Euroarts   Catalog: 2050526 Release Date: 05/16/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Ji-Ping Jhao,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Isao Matsushita  ... 
    Performer:  Susan Graham,  Eitetsu Hayashi,  Mari Kodama,  Momo Kodama
    Conductor:  Kent Nagano
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 21.
    Benjamin Schmid - Hommage A Grappelli
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 554 Release Date: 05/09/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmid
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  • 22.
    Between Two Worlds / Eduardo Fernández
    Label: Labor Records   Catalog: 7059 Release Date: 08/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Agustín Barrios Mangoré,  Gentil Montaña,  Paul McCartney,  Alberto Ginastera  ... 
    Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez
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  • 23.
    The Art Of Transcription - Gershwin / Himy
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2705 Release Date: 03/01/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Eric Himy
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  • 24.
    Gemini - Menuhin & Grappelli Play Gershwin, Berlin, Etc
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 86230 Release Date: 02/15/2005   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Jack Strachey,  David Raksin,  Vernon Duke  ... 
    Performer:  Denny Wright,  Ike Isaacs,  Lennie Bush,  Alan Clare  ... 
    Conductor:  Max Harris,  Nelson Riddle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Instrumental Ensemble,  Alan Clare Trio
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  • 25.
    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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