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Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin. By: Mike McCann. George Gershwin Bio. Born in 1898 as Jacob Gershvitz to Russian Immigrant Parents Not a real musical intuition until age 12 Dropped out of High School (1914) to join a Tin Pan Alley publishing firm

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george gershwin bio
George Gershwin Bio
  • Born in 1898 as Jacob Gershvitz to Russian Immigrant Parents
  • Not a real musical intuition until age 12
  • Dropped out of High School (1914) to join a Tin Pan Alley publishing firm
  • Left job in 1917 to work as a rehearsal pianist
  • Really saw first success with Swanee
  • Died young in 1938 as a result of a brain tumor
gershwin s musical accomplishments
Gershwin’s Musical Accomplishments
  • Swanee (1919)
  • Rhapsody in Blue (1924)
  • Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra (1925)
  • An American in Paris (1928)
  • Porgy and Bess (1935)
rhapsody in blue
Rhapsody in Blue
  • Came to be rather randomly
  • Paul Whiteman and Aeolian Hall
  • FerdeGrofe and Ross Gorman
  • Last second finish
musical elements
Musical Elements
  • Instrumentation
    • Depending on the performance: Piano, Clarinet, Saxophone(s), Violin, French Horn, Trumpet, Tuba, and others
    • Main instruments are clarinet and piano
    • Harmonic Shifts and Changes in rhythm
musical elements cont
Musical Elements (cont.)
  • Forceful playing
  • Improvisation
  • Joy of Playing
listening
Listening
  • Almost irregular sections
  • A-establishes the theme of the piece
  • Bridge from intro to theme…short and cheerful
  • B-theme from introduction with clarinets backing
  • C-Jazz theme, dynamic shifts…gives piece a lot of excitement
  • B-piano enters on a much lower note
listening cont
Listening (cont.)
  • A-piano provides the “bluesy” theme
  • C-piano shifts to provide jazz theme from earlier
  • D-warm version of the theme
  • Piano then plays repeated notes, as they get faster with each note
  • D-main orchestra rejoins piano following solo
listening cont1
Listening (cont.)
  • A-piano plays part A in what almost seems like an angry tone
  • B-played again with repeated notes
  • A-conclusion that incorporates whole orchestra with piano to theme exciting ending
pop culture
Pop Culture
  • New York City
  • Brian Wilson
  • Woody Allen
  • Fantasia
  • Olympics
critics
Critics
  • Leonard Bernstein: “not a composition at all, but a string of terrific tunes, stuck together with a thin paste of flour and water”
  • Arthur Schwartz: “more intuition than tuition”
  • Originality
  • American?
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