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, Piano Concerto, Variations on
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Copland, Barber, Gershwin / Frederik, Curtis, 	Orchestra Of The Swan
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  • 26.
    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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  • 27.
    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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  • 28.
    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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  • 29.
    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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  • 30.
    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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  • 31.
    It's Wonderful - Tribute To George Gershwin / Hendricks
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 5570492 Release Date: 11/06/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Ira Coleman,  Ed Thigpen,  Geoffrey Keezer,  Barbara Hendricks
    Conductor:  Paul Bateman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Guildhall String Ensemble
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  • 32.
    Elmar Oliveira Plays Favorite Encores
    Label: Artek   Catalog: 7 Release Date: 04/24/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Manuel de Falla,  Victor Herbert,  George Gershwin,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Robert Koenig,  Elmar Oliveira
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  • 33.
    The Best Of Gershwin
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8556686 Release Date: 02/20/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kathryn Selby,  Leon Bates
    Conductor:  Richard Hayman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Richard Hayman Orchestra,  Slovak State Symphony Orchestra
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  • 34.
    Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue, Porgy And Bess (Excerpts), Etc
    Label: Ultima   Catalog: 84518 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Gregg Baker,  Roberta Alexander,  Gabriel Tacchino,  Michel Legrand  ... 
    Conductor:  Zubin Mehta,  Lawrence Foster
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New York Philharmonic,  New York Choral Artists,  Monte Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 35.
    Americana / Leila Josefowicz
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 462948 Release Date: 10/10/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Chaplin,  George Gershwin,  Stephen Foster,  Traditional  ... 
    Performer:  Leila Josefowicz,  John Novacek
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  • 36.
    Gershwin: 13 Songs / Barcelona Clarinet Quartet
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 34 Release Date: 08/19/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Barcelona Clarinet Quartet
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  • 37.
    Best Of Brodsky Quartet / Bjork, Elvis Costello, Et Al
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 28404 Release Date: 01/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Claude Debussy,  Dmitri Shostakovich,  Maurice Ravel  ... 
    Performer:  Michael Thomas,  Jacqueline Thomas,  Ian Belton,  Paul Cassidy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Brodsky String Quartet
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  • 38.
    Organ Improvisations - Wayne Marshall
    Label: Delos   Catalog: 3228 Release Date: 12/07/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  Vincent Youmans,  Jule Styne,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Wayne Marshall
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  • 39.
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 48 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  George Gershwin,  Carl Loewe  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett
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  • 40.
    Historic Gershwin Recordings
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 63276 Release Date: 10/13/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Morton Gould,  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Arthur Fiedler,  Morton Gould,  Alexander Smallens,  Leonard Bernstein
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Pops,  Morton Gould Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 41.
    Main Street Usa / New Century Saxophone Quartet
    Label: Channel Crossings   Catalog: 9896 Release Date: 08/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin,  Morton Gould
    Performer:  Michael Stephenson,  Stephen Pollack,  Brad Hubbard,  James Boatman  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Century Saxophone Quartet
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  • 42.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess (Selections), Blue Monday / Kunzel
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80434 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Kirk Walker,  Marquita Lister,  Thomas Young,  Gregg Baker  ... 
    Conductor:  Erich Kunzel
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Central State University Chorus,  Cincinnati Pops
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  • 43.
    The Fiddler Of The Opera / Gil Shaham
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447640 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco,  Pablo de Sarasate,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Niccolň Paganini  ... 
    Performer:  Gil Shaham,  Akira Eguchi
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  • 44.
    Prima Voce - Lawrence Tibbett - From Broadway To Hollywood
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 7881 Release Date: 07/06/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Jacques Wolfe,  Vincent Youmans,  Franz Lehár  ... 
    Performer:  Lawrence Tibbett,  Helen Jepson
    Conductor:  Wilfrid Pelletier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra
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  • 45.
    Gershwin - Remembrance And Discovery / Richard Glazier
    Label: Centaur Records   Catalog: 2271 Release Date: 02/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Earl Wild
    Performer:  Richard Glazier
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  • 46.
    Bernstein: West Side Story; Gershwin: Porgy And Bess
    Label: Zyx Records   Catalog: 4120 Release Date: 02/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leonard Bernstein,  George Gershwin
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  • 47.
    Opera's Greatest Duets / Pavarotti, Price, Et Al
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 62699 Release Date: 09/27/1994   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Giuseppe Verdi,  Vincenzo Bellini,  Giacomo Puccini,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Sherrill Milnes,  Placido Domingo,  Montserrat Caballé,  Shirley Verrett  ... 
    Conductor:  Anton Guadagno,  Georges Prętre,  Skitch Henderson,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 48.
    Gershwin: Porgy And Bess Highlights / Rattle, White, Haymon
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 54325 Release Date: 11/08/1991   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Harolyn Blackwell,  Bruce Hubbard,  Damon Evans,  Maureen Brathwaite  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Rattle
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Philharmonic Orchestra,  Glyndebourne Festival Chorus
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  • 49.
    Bernstein, Gershwin, Tilson Thomas / Empire Brass
    Label: Telarc   Catalog: 80159 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Empire Brass
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  • 50.
    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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