Gershwin

Gershwin
George Gershwin (born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the opera Porgy and Bess (1935) which spawned the hit Summertime.

Gershwin studied piano under Charles Hambitzer and composition with Rubin Goldmark, Henry Cowell, and Joseph Brody. He began his career as a song plugger but soon started composing Broadway theater works with his brother Ira Gershwin and Buddy DeSylva. He moved to Paris intending to study with Nadia Boulanger, but she refused him; he subsequently composed An American in Paris. He then returned to New York City and wrote Porgy and Bess with Ira and DuBose Heyward. It was initially a commercial failure but came to be considered one of the most important American operas of the twentieth century and an American cultural classic.

Gershwin moved to Hollywood and composed numerous film scores until his death in 1937 from a malignant brain tumor. His compositions have been adapted for use in films and television, and several became jazz standards recorded and covered in many variations.
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Gershwin

Gershwin

George Gershwin (born Jacob Bruskin Gershowitz, September 26, 1898 – July 11, 1937) was an American composer and pianist whose compositions spanned both popular and classical genres. Among his best-known works are the orchestral compositions Rhapsody in Blue (1924) and An American in Paris (1928), the songs Swanee (1919) and Fascinating Rhythm (1924), the jazz standard I Got Rhythm (1930), and the o...
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MACDOWELL Marionettes Suite, Op. 38
VARIOUS
"Piano Music by American Composers"

Recorded c.1944, 1941
Total duration: 46:57

Rudolph Ganz, piano
Jeanne Behrend, piano
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GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue
GERSHWIN Preludes Nos. 2 & 3

Recorded in 1945
Total duration 17:05

Oscar Levant, Piano
The Philadelphia Orchestra
Conducted by Eugene Ormandy

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GLAZUNOV From the Middle Ages
DUBENSKY Stephen Foster – Theme, Variations and Finale
DUBENSKY Fugue for 18 Violins
CESANA Negro Heaven
GERSHWIN-BENNETT Porgy and Bess: A Symphonic Picture

Recorded 1941-1945
Total Duration: 69:09

Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra
conducted by Fabien Sevitzky

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BIZET  La Jolie Fille de Perth
BIZET 
L'Arlésienne
BIZET 
Carmen
GERSHWIN
An American in Paris

Live recordings, 1943 & 1945
Total duration: 72:34

Arturo Toscanini, conductor
NBC Symphony Orchestra

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LOEFFLER Memories of My Childhood (Life in a Russian Village)
CRESTON Choric Dance No. 2
GOULD Lincoln Legend
GERSHWIN Rhapsody In Blue
Live broadcast recording, 1942
Total duration: 54:03

Arturo Toscanini conductor
Earl Wild,
piano
Benny Goodman,
clarinet
NBC Symphony
Orchestra