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
Marni Nixon Sings Gershwin
Release Date: 12/17/1993   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 19   Number of Discs: 1
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Convergence - The Music Of Stewart & Gershwin
Release Date: 11/13/2012   Label: Navona  
Catalog: 5892   Number of Discs: 1
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Copland, Barber, Gershwin / Frederik, Curtis, 	Orchestra Of The Swan
Release Date: 01/08/2013   Label: Somm  
Catalog: 118   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Lady, be Good: Fascinating rhythm

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  • 26.
    The Fascinating George Gershwin / Angelov, Eschkenazy
    Label: Pentatone   Catalog: 5186021 Release Date: 07/20/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Vesko Eschkenazy,  Ludmil Angelov,  George Pieterson,  Gregor Horsch  ... 
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  • 27.
    Gershwin Without Words / Black, Fennell, Williams, Dutoit
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 000215602 Release Date: 04/13/2004   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Robert Russell Bennett
    Performer:  Stanley Black
    Conductor:  John T. Williams,  Charles Dutoit,  Frederick Fennell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Montreal Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 28.
    Rarities Of Piano Music At Schloss Vor Husum (1999)
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 539 Release Date: 06/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Erwin Schulhoff,  Sergei Lyapunov,  Alexis de Castillon  ... 
    Performer:  Frédéric Meinders,  Vladimir Stoupel,  Nicholas Walker,  Frederic Chiu  ... 
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  • 29.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Song Book, Concerto In F / Rattle
    Label: Emi Classics Special Import   Catalog: 54280 Release Date: 02/27/2001   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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  • 30.
    Songs Of The Lights / Bartle, Toronto Children's Chorus
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81253 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Leon Dubinsky,  Leonard Enns  ... 
    Performer:  Ruth Watson Henderson,  Sarah Hicks,  Aaron Schwebel,  Robynne McKinlay  ... 
    Conductor:  Jean Ashworth Bartle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Toronto Children's Chorus
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  • 31.
    The George Gershwin Songbook / Julie Hill, Craig Bohmler
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2322 Release Date: 08/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Craig Bohmler,  Julie Hill
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  • 32.
    Fascinating Rhythm - Gershwin: Piano Music / Brownridge
    Label: Helios   Catalog: 55006 Release Date: 06/08/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Angela Brownridge
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  • 33.
    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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  • 34.
    Fascinating Rhythm - The Broadway Gershwin
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 63294 Release Date: 10/27/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Arthur Johnston,  Whispering Jack Smith,  Jack [Pop Vocals] Smith,  Gertrude Lawrence  ... 
    Conductor:  Paul Whiteman,  Fred Waring,  Roger Wolfe Kahn,  Leo Reisman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Peerless Vocal Quartet,  Paul Whiteman Orchestra,  Arden Ohman Orchestra  ... 
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  • 35.
    Piano Music Of The Americas / James Miltenberger
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20021 Release Date: 05/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Miguel Del Aguila,  Scott Green,  Robert Garcia Morillo  ... 
    Performer:  James Miltenberger
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  • 36.
    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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  • 37.
    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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  • 38.
    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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  • 39.
    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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  • 40.
    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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  • 41.
    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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  • 42.
    Gershwin Live! / Sarah Vaughan, Michael Tilson Thomas / Los Angeles Philharmonic
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 37277 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Sarah Vaughan,  George Gaffney,  Andy Simpkins,  Harold Jones  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 43.
    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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  • 44.
    Music, My Love / Jean-Pierre Rampal
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 45548 Release Date: 05/25/1989   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Fernande Le Borne,  Johann Joachim Quantz,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Veyron-Lacroix,  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Jean Huchot,  Lily Laskine  ... 
    Conductor:  Placido Domingo,  Jean-Pierre Wallez,  Claudio Scimone,  Michel Colombier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Paris Orchestral Ensemble,  Paris Baroque Ensemble  ... 
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