Rhapsody in Blue (orch. Grofé)
Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by the American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.
The composition was commissioned by the bandleader Paul Whiteman. It was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, the 1926 "theater orchestra" setting, and the 1942 symphony orchestra scoring, though completed earlier. The piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York City, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.
The editors of the Cambridge Music Handbooks opined that "The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works."
Performances & Interviews
- George Gershwin: Rhapsody in Bluehttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06rs1lb.jpghttps://ichef.bbci.co.uk/images/ic/240x135/p06rs1lb.jpg2018-11-22T12:53:00.000ZIn June 1925, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was the sound of the summer - its sauntering clarinet glissando the sound of the decade.https://www.bbc.co.uk/music/audiovideo/popular/p06s02jx
George Gershwin: Rhapsody in BlueIn June 1925, Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue was the sound of the summer - its sauntering clarinet glissando the sound of the decade.