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: 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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American Classics - Bernstein, Gershwin, Mancini / Clamor, Krautwurst, Saxon Wind Philharmonic
Release Date: 07/31/2012   Label: Genuin Musikproduction  
Catalog: 12247   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm

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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: 06/27/2011   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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  • 8.
    Great American Songbook - Gershwin, Porter, Arlen, Berlin / Hyman
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 2725 Release Date: 01/12/2010   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dick Hyman
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  • 9.
    Rhapsody: The Music Of George Gershwin
    Label: Brassjar   Catalog: BJM002 Release Date: 12/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  James Stephenson
    Performer:  Jacob Cameron,  Rob Conway,  Brian Buerkle,  Elizabeth [Soprano Vocal] Stoner  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Spectrum Brass Quintet
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    Yehudi Menuhin - The Great EMI Recordings
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 64131 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 50
    Composer:  Johannes Brahms,  Lili Boulanger,  Ernest Bloch,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin,  Ferguson Webster,  Derek Simpson,  Robert Masters  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Adrian Boult,  John Pritchard,  George Enescu,  Sir William Walton  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Colonne Concerts Orchestra  ... 
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  • 11.
    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: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 22101 Release Date: 09/02/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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    Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue, Songbook / Donohoe
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 08995 Release Date: 02/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Peter Donohoe,  Alan Whitehead
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra,  London Sinfonietta
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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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    Gershwin: Piano Transcriptions Of Songs
    Label: Membran / Scandinavian Classics   Catalog: 220545 Release Date: 04/26/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Lars Boje Jensen
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  • 17.
    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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  • 18.
    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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    Someone To Watch Over Me / Pavao Quartet
    Label: Landor Records   Catalog: 277 Release Date: 09/12/2006   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Irving Berlin,  Edward "Duke" Ellington,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  Bryony James,  Natalia Gomes,  Kerenza Peacock,  Jenny Sacha
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pavao 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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  • 22.
    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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  • 23.
    Obsession - Hommage To Grapelli / Benjamin Schmid
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 554 Release Date: 05/09/2006  
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Cole Porter
    Performer:  Benjamin Schmid
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  • 24.
    Gershwin - New York Connections / Hayes
    Label: Quartz Records   Catalog: 2005 Release Date: 10/11/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Samuel Barber,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland  ... 
    Performer:  Elizabeth Hayes
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  • 25.
    Piano Favourites / Pletnev, Andsnes, Et Al
    Label: Virgin Classics   Catalog: 62481 Release Date: 09/27/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ludwig van Beethoven,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Franz Liszt,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  Francois-René Duchable,  Dmitri Alexeev,  Mikhail Pletnev,  Kun-Woo Paik  ... 
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