Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Romantic Realism: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue premiered in an afternoon concert on February 12, 1924, held by Paul Whiteman and his band Palais Royal Orchestra, entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which took place in Aeolian Hall in New York City

The original jazz band version was for a 24-piece band, not for full orchestra. This was the original arrangement of Gershwin's masterpiece.