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Rhapsody in Blue (Piano and Orchestra)

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," premiered in 1924, seamlessly blends elements of classical music with jazz influences, reflecting the cultural landscape of urban America in the early 20th century. The piece, originally composed for solo piano and jazz band, was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé for full orchestra, and it opens with an iconic clarinet glissando leading into a series of varied and spirited themes played by the piano, supported by the orchestra. "Rhapsody in Blue" remains one of Gershwin's most beloved works, a testament to his talent for bridging the gap between concert music and jazz.

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Rhapsody in Blue (Piano and Orchestra)

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Jon Kimura Parker

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is an icon of American culture and one of the most ingenious musical creations of the 20th century. From the opening clarinet glissando to the final flourish between piano and orchestra, the piece is filled with colorful orchestration and dynamic rhythms depicting the hustle and bustle of 1920s urban life, as well as countless memorable motives and melodies capturing the passion and yearning of the era. Join concert pianist and professor at Rice University Jon Kimura Parker as he shares his insights on the piece after decades of performing it in both pops and classical arrangements.

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