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Rhapsody in Blue

scored for symphonic band (without solo piano)
by Ferde Grofé
symphonic band
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George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue uniquely describes the American spirit of the 1920s. Gershwin was one of the first composers who combined Jazz and classical music.
Rhapsody in Blue has earned worldwide renown since its world premiere in 1924, when Gershwin himself sat at the piano and impressed the audience with his innovative work. The conductor Paul Whiteman, who led this premiere, called the first performance of it an “Experiment in Modern Music.” The piece shows both melodic and rhythmic inventiveness, as well as a perfect handling of all technical parameters. This “Symphonic Jazz” diverges from the usual formal patterns and was exceptional in its time.

Orchestral Cast

pic.2.2.ca.Ebcl.3.Eb alto clar.bcl.2asax.tsax.barsax.bass sax.2-4.2.3corn.3.bar.2-timp.perc(xyl, vib, bells, tri, crash cym, lg cym, gong, s.d, b.d, chimes)-hp-string bass

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Rhapsody in Blue
scored for symphonic band (without solo piano)
by Ferde Grofé
Performance material
Gershwin Music
Year of composition:
16 ′

Technical Details

Product number:
LSMC 20526
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