George Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue (1/2)
  • Classical music composed by George Gershwin Born the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants into the vibrant life of Manhattan, George Gershwin created much of the twentieth century's musical highlights, with an endless stream of hit shows. His fascination with classical music, and his fusion of many varied musical forms like jazz, blues and ragtime, brought us the likes of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue. Rhapsody in Blue -: (running time : 16:57) Courtesy goes to Richard Hayman and Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- It was in 1924 that Gershwin responded to a commission from Paul Whiteman, a champion of symphonic jazz, for a concerto for piano and jazz band. The result miss Rhapsody in Blue, a significant step in a search for a true American musical identity. The work was orchestrated by Whiteman' s arranger, the composer Ferde Grofé. Whiteman himself had enjoyed on earlier career as a viola-player in major American orchestras in Denver and San Francisco, before becoming one of the best known of the band-leaders of the time. Gershwin's jazz concerto was given its first performance at Whiteman's first concert, given at the Aeolian Hall in New York, where it won success in surroundings that seemed distinctly unfavourable, as Whiteman attempted to convince an unsympathetic audience of the viability of his form of jazz. With due acknowledgement to Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninov, Rhapsody in Blue remains, nevertheless ...

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