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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: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta, Buffalo Philharmonic
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559750   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin By Grofe - Original Orchestrations & Arrangements
Release Date: 04/13/2010   Label: Harmonia Mundi  
Catalog: 907492   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Concerto In F, Rhapsody No 2, I Got Rhythm Variations  / Orion Weiss
Release Date: 02/28/2012   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559705   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue; Strike Up The Band Overture; Promenade / Falletta [blu-ray Audio]
Release Date: 06/25/2013   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 33   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue/American In Paris
Release Date: 06/30/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550295   Number of Discs: 1
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    The Golden Age of Light Music: By Special Request
    Label: Guild   Catalog: 5217 Release Date: 12/09/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jule Styne,  Percy Faith,  Traditional,  Agustín Lara  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Reidy
    Conductor:  Percy Faith,  Robert Farnon
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    Broadway to Hollywood / Richard Glazier
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 3347 Release Date: 04/29/2014   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Bronislaw Kaper,  Bernard Herrmann,  George Gershwin,  Frederick Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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    Label: Shuffle Concert   Catalog: 5638167233 Release Date: 10/09/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Schoenfield,  George Gershwin,  Antonio Carlos Jobim,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Performer:  Moran Katz,  Eliran Avni,  Ariadne [Soprano (Vocal)] Greif,  Francisco Fullana  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SHUFFLE Concert
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    License To Thrill / Joe Burgstaller
    Label: Summit Records   Catalog: 600 Release Date: 03/12/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Joe Burgstaller,  George Gershwin,  Chick Corea,  Fritz Kreisler  ... 
    Performer:  Karl Butterman,  Joe Burgstaller,  Alex Clark,  Mary Burke  ... 
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  • 5.
    50 Best Sensual Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333022 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  James Horner,  Pietro Mascagni,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Nino Rota  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Bernard Pommier,  Cécile Ousset,  Mikhail Rudy,  Natasha Marsh  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  Lawrence Foster,  Simon Rattle,  François-Xavier Roth  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Twelve Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic,  Ahn Trio,  Virtuosi
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    Violin Encores / Jascha Heifetz
    Label: Regis   Catalog: 1296 Release Date: 01/29/2013   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Erich Wolfgang Korngold,  Edouard Lalo,  George Gershwin,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye
    Conductor:  Alfred Wallenstein,  William Steinberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra,  RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
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    Souvenir D'amerique / Friedemann Eichhorn, Andreas Frolich
    Label: Oehms   Catalog: 861 Release Date: 11/13/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  William Kroll,  Stephen Foster,  Henri Vieuxtemps  ... 
    Performer:  Friedemann Eichhorn,  Andreas Frolich
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    Get Happy / Jenny Lin
    Label: Steinway & Sons   Catalog: 30011 Release Date: 10/30/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Irving Berlin,  Earl Wild,  Stefan Malzew,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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    Dedications...: A Life In Music
    Label: Cello Classics   Catalog: 11027 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Claudio Monteverdi,  Ferruccio Busoni,  Alexander Scriabin,  Igor Stravinsky  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Harvey,  Linn Hendry,  Peter Pettinger,  Meralyn Knight
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    On Our Way: The Journey Of Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg & The New Century Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Nss Music (Dvd)   Catalog: 11 Release Date: 05/08/2012   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Hugo Wolf,  Astor Piazzolla,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Alfred Schnittke  ... 
    Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Chamber Orchestra
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    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 56034 Release Date: 04/27/2012   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Carl Zeller,  Johann Strauss Jr.,  Oscar Straus,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Anneliese Rothenberger,  Josef Traxel,  Dolf Dolz,  Rupert Glawitsch  ... 
    Conductor:  Wilhelm Schüchter,  Wilhelm Stephan,  Franz Marszalek,  Harry Hermann  ... 
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    Leontyne Price - The Complete Collection Of Operatic Recital Albums
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 794051 Release Date: 01/24/2012   Number of Discs: 14
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Leontyne Price,  Laura Londi,  John W. Bubbles,  William Warfield  ... 
    Conductor:  Oliviero de Fabritiis,  Arturo Basile,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Francesco Molinari-Pradelli  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Rome Opera House Orchestra,  Boston Symphony Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/10/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Frédéric Chopin,  Robert Schumann,  Alexander Krein  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Emanuel Bay,  Milton Kaye,  Bing Crosby
    Conductor:  Salvador Camarata,  Victor Young
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra
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    Violin Romances / Aaron Rosand
    Label: Musical Concepts   Catalog: 129 Release Date: 05/17/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Max Bruch,  Fritz Kreisler,  Jean Sibelius,  Antonín Dvorák  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  Hugh Sung,  John Covelli
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    Songs / Ensemble Contraste
    Label: Naive   Catalog: 510503 Release Date: 04/26/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Harold Arlen,  Irving Berlin,  Frederick Loewe,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Karine Deshayes,  Emily Loizeau,  Rosemary Standley,  Sandrine Piau  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Ensemble Contraste
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    Opera 2011
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 96666 Release Date: 04/19/2011   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Antonio Caldara,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Frideric Handel  ... 
    Performer:  Edgaras Montvidas,  Joyce DiDonato,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kazushi Ono,  Emmanuelle Haïm,  Antonio Pappano,  Eugene Kohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  L'arpeggiata
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    Gershwin: An American in Paris / Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
    Label: Etcetera Records   Catalog: 1419 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Dorothy Lewis-Griffith
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    Music By Masonic Composers
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 357 Release Date: 04/12/2011   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francesco Geminiani,  Jean-Philippe Rameau,  Johann Christian Bach,  Gregor Piatigorsky  ... 
    Performer:  Ventseslav Nikolov,  Ruzhka Tcharaktchieva
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  • 19.
    Very Best Of Lesley Garrett
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 98385 Release Date: 11/17/2009   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Giacomo Puccini,  Manuel de Falla  ... 
    Performer:  Lesley Garrett
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  • 20.
    American Composers - Pacific
    Label: Marsyas   Catalog: 1805 Release Date: 09/08/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Aaron Copland,  Robert Muczynski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Pacific Art Trio
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  • 21.
    Together / Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg, New Century Chamber Orchestra
    Label: Nss Music   Catalog: 8 Release Date: 08/11/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Béla Bartók,  Astor Piazzolla,  George Gershwin,  Clarice Assad
    Performer:  Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Chamber Orchestra
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  • 22.
    The Very Best Of Glyndebourne On Record - Mozart, Britten, Verdi, Stravinsky, Monteverdi, Rossini, Lehar, Etc
    Label: Warner Classics   Catalog: 64218 Release Date: 04/21/2009   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  John Gay,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Benjamin Britten,  Giuseppe Verdi  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Redgrave,  Constance Willis,  Audrey Mildmay,  Roy Henderson  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Muddie,  Fritz Busch,  Reginald Goodall,  Sir Thomas Beecham  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus,  Glyndebourne Festival Orchestra,  English Opera Group Orchestra  ... 
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  • 23.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Excerpts) / Slatkin, Estes
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 412720 Release Date: 02/18/2009   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Roberta Alexander,  Simon Estes,  Diane Curry
    Conductor:  Leonard Slatkin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Berlin Radio Symphony Chorus,  Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 24.
    Opera Arias And Duets - Pergolesi, Verdi, Pipkov, Borodin, Et Al / Pavel Gerdjikov, Et Al
    Label: Gega New   Catalog: 331 Release Date: 08/12/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Giuseppe Verdi,  Giovanni Battista Pergolesi  ... 
    Performer:  Pavel Gerdjikov,  Milkana Nikolova,  Liliana Bareva
    Conductor:  Michail Angelov,  Alexander Vladigerov,  Pasquale Rispoli,  Vassil Stefanov
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bulgarian Chamber Orchestra
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  • 25.
    Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7901 Release Date: 07/09/2008   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hindemith,  Lukas Foss,  Alan Shulman,  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Fred Sherry,  Ida Kavafian,  Theodore Arm,  Steven Tenenbom  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tashi
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