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]
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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: Porgy and Bess: Bess, you is my woman now

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  • 51.
    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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  • 52.
    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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  • 53.
    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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  • 54.
    The Only Opera Cd You'll Ever Need
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 68823 Release Date: 10/14/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gioachino Rossini,  Ruggero Leoncavallo,  Richard Wagner  ... 
    Performer:  Anna Moffo,  Helen Donath,  Roberta Peters,  Robert Merrill  ... 
    Conductor:  Kurt Eichhorn,  Erich Leinsdorf,  Lorin Maazel,  Eugene Ormandy  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Munich Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Metropolitan Opera Orchestra,  Orchestra  ... 
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  • 55.
    The Fiddler Of The Opera / Gil Shaham
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 447640 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jenö Hubay,  Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov,  George Gershwin,  Richard Strauss  ... 
    Performer:  Akira Eguchi,  Gil Shaham
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  • 56.
    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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  • 57.
    Virtuoso Violin Encores - Heifetz Transcriptions / Rosand
    Label: Vox Allegretto   Catalog: 8201 Release Date: 03/12/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Flausino R. do Vale,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Sergei Prokofiev,  Alexander Borodin  ... 
    Performer:  Aaron Rosand,  John Covelli
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  • 58.
    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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  • 59.
    Isaac Stern - A Life In Music - Isaac Stern Presents Encores
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 64537 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Antonín Dvorák,  Stephen Foster,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 60.
    Isaac Stern - A Life in Music - Trio Recordings
    Label: Sony   Catalog: 67195 Release Date: 12/05/1995   Number of Discs: 12
    Composer:  Felix Mendelssohn,  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Erik Satie  ... 
    Performer:  Leonard Rose,  Eugene Istomin,  Isaac Stern,  Emanuel Ax  ... 
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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  • 61.
    Brass On Broadway / Canadian Brass
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 442133 Release Date: 07/18/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Frank Loesser,  Andrew Lloyd Webber,  Richard Rodgers  ... 
    Performer:  Ronald Romm,  Charles Daellenbach,  David Ohanian,  Frederic Mills  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 62.
    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 Prêtre,  Skitch Henderson,  Leone Magiera  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  New Philharmonia Orchestra,  RCA Italian Opera Orchestra  ... 
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  • 63.
    Gershwin Plays Gershwin - Rhapsody In Blue, Etc / Whiteman
    Label: Pearl   Catalog: 9483 Release Date: 03/22/1994   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  George Gershwin,  Fred Astaire,  Adele Astaire,  Lawrence Tibbett  ... 
    Conductor:  Nathaniel Shilkret,  Alexander Smallens,  Paul Whiteman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Victor Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Chorus  ... 
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  • 64.
    Virtuoso! A Treasury Of Favorite Violin Encores / Laredo
    Label: Sono Luminus   Catalog: 90153 Release Date: 08/31/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Fritz Kreisler,  George Gershwin,  Henri Wieniawski,  Maria Theresia Paradis  ... 
    Performer:  Margo Garrett,  Jaime Laredo
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  • 65.
    Copland: Clarinet Concerto; Bernstein, Gershwin / Stoltzman
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 61790 Release Date: 08/10/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Leonard Bernstein,  Gordon Hill Jenkins,  Aaron Copland
    Performer:  Richard Stoltzman,  Andrew Shulman
    Conductor:  Eric Stern,  Michael Tilson Thomas
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra
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  • 66.
    Gershwin: Highlights From Porgy And Bess / Demain, Dale
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 54680 Release Date: 05/11/1993   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin
    Performer:  Larry Marshall,  Andrew Smith,  Alexander B. Smalls,  Donnie Ray Albert  ... 
    Conductor:  John DeMain
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Houston Grand Opera Chorus,  Houston Grand Opera Orchestra
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  • 67.
    Dinner Classics - An American Picnic
    Label: Cbs Masterworks   Catalog: 48257 Release Date: 04/07/1992   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  George Gershwin,  Henri Vieuxtemps,  Scott Joplin  ... 
    Performer:  Jean-Pierre Rampal,  Ivan Davis,  Tommy Johnson,  John Steele Ritter  ... 
    Conductor:  Aaron Copland,  Michel Colombier,  Andre Kostelanetz,  Lazar Gosman
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  London Symphony Orchestra,  Orchestra,  Andre Kostelanetz Orchestra  ... 
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  • 68.
    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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  • 69.
    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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  • 70.
    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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  • 71.
    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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  • 72.
    The Canadian Brass - More Greatest Hits
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 5628 Release Date: 10/25/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Thomas "Fats" Waller,  Gioachino Rossini,  Gerardo Matos Rodríguez  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Canadian Brass
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  • 73.
    Humoresque - Favorite Violin Encores / Isaac Stern
    Label: Cbs Masterworks Digital Masters   Catalog: 45816 Release Date: 03/09/1990   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Aaron Copland,  Franz Schubert,  Antonín Dvorák,  Sergei Rachmaninov  ... 
    Performer:  Isaac Stern
    Conductor:  Milton Katims,  Frank Brieff
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Columbia Symphony Orchestra
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