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: Preludes, Songs;  Corea: Children's Songs / Bates
Release Date: 09/04/1992   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8550341   Number of Discs: 1
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Still, Dvorak, Barber, Gershwin / Serafin String Quartet
Release Date: 09/28/2010   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 3050   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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Gershwin / Judd, New Zealand
Release Date: 05/21/2002   Label: Naxos  
Catalog: 8559107   Number of Discs: 1
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Gershwin In Black And White / Haskell Small
Release Date: 10/05/1993   Label: Centaur Records  
Catalog: 2174   Number of Discs: 1
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Work: Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now

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    Richard Stoltzman: The Complete RCA Album Collection
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 88985389642 Release Date: 05/05/2017   Number of Discs: 40
    Composer:  Olivier Messiaen,  Johannes Brahms,  Igor Stravinsky,  Ludwig van Beethoven  ... 
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Jeremy Wall,  Bill Douglas,  Eddie Gomez  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Stoltzman,  Lawrence Leighton Smith,  Robert Salter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Woody Herman & His Orchestra,  London Symphony Orchestra,  Tashi  ... 
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    Jascha Heifetz: Favorite Recital Pieces & Encores
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 88875051042 Release Date: 07/10/2015   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Howard Ferguson,  Karen Khachaturian,  Camille Saint-Saëns,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Jascha Heifetz,  Brooks Smith
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    My Dusty Gramophone / Dunja Lavrova, Konstantin Lapshin
    Label: Solo Musica   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 01/13/2015   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henri Wieniawski,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Ernesto Halffter,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Dunja Lavrova,  Konstantin Lapshin
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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:  Eliran Avni,  Moran Katz,  Ariadne [Soprano Vocal] Greif,  Francisco Fullana  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  SHUFFLE Concert
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    50 Best Sensual Classics
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 333022 Release Date: 02/26/2013   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  James Horner,  Pietro Mascagni,  Nino Rota,  Charles Chaplin  ... 
    Performer:  Natasha Marsh,  Sally Herbert,  Nikolaj Bloch,  Jose Alberto Giaimo  ... 
    Conductor:  Mariss Jansons,  François-Xavier Roth,  Ron Goodwin,  Michel Plasson  ... 
    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 / 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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    The Heifetz Collection Vol 19 - 51 Miniatures 1944-1946
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 61750 Release Date: 06/02/2011   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:  Joyce DiDonato,  Edgaras Montvidas,  Philippe Jaroussky,  Anna Netrebko  ... 
    Conductor:  Kazushi Ono,  Emmanuelle Haďm,  Antonio Pappano,  Eugene Kohn  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Seminario Musicale,  L'Arpeggiata
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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:  Ruzhka Tcharaktchieva,  Ventseslav Nikolov
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    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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    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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    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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    Rendezvous With Tashi- Hindemith, Foss, Gershwin, Shulman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 7901 Release Date: 06/19/2008   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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    Symphonic Brass - Verdi, Bizet, Gershwin, Et Al
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8570726 Release Date: 11/20/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir William Walton,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  John T. Williams,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas J. Childs
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band
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    Label: Farao   Catalog: 108031 Release Date: 03/27/2007   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gabriel Fauré,  Enrique Granados,  Francesco Maria Veracini,  Enrico Toselli  ... 
    Performer:  Benjamin Rawitz,  Janos Maté
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    For You, For Me - Songs Of Copland, Etc / Bruce Hubbard
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 31553 Release Date: 10/04/2005   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Irving Berlin,  Stephen Sondheim,  Jerome Kern  ... 
    Performer:  Bruce Hubbard,  Marvis Martin
    Conductor:  Dennis Russell Davies
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Orchestra of St. Luke's
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    Label: Warner Brothers   Catalog: 001 Release Date: 06/22/2004   Number of Discs: 3
    Composer:  Verne Reynolds,  Anthony Iannaccone,  Kent Kennan,  Bernard Rands  ... 
    Performer:  Peter Kurau,  James Thompson,  Daniel Spiotta,  Nicole Cabell  ... 
    Conductor:  Donald Hunsberger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eastman Wind Ensemble
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    Gentle Dreams - The Best Of Julian Lloyd Webber
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 4761296 Release Date: 01/13/2004   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Julian Lloyd Webber,  George Gershwin,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Jules Massenet  ... 
    Performer:  Pamela Chowhan,  Julian Lloyd Webber,  John Lenehan,  Dave Grusin  ... 
    Conductor:  Nicholas Cleobury,  James Judd,  Sir Neville Marriner,  Yan Pascal Tortelier  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Philharmonic Orchestra,  Arcadian Ensemble,  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields  ... 
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    Jewels Of The Night / Bellavente Wind Quintet
    Label: Mcchamber Music   Catalog: 5637219894 Release Date: 07/15/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Claude Arrieu,  Maurice Ravel,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Bellavente Wind Quintet
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    Fantasy In Blue - Purcell, Gershwin / Shaham, Bernfeld, Etc
    Label: Atma Classique   Catalog: 22253 Release Date: 01/01/2003   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  George Gershwin,  William Croft
    Performer:  Rinat Shaham
    Conductor:  Jay Bernfeld
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Fuoco en Cenere Ensemble
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