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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

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  • Date Published: September 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521550772

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  • The Rhapsody in Blue (1924) established Gershwin's reputation as a serious composer and has since become one of the most popular of all American concert works. In this richly informative guide David Schiff considers the piece as musical work, historical event and cultural document. He traces the history of the Rhapsody's composition, performance and reception, placing it within the context of American popular song and jazz and the development of modernism. He also provides a full account of the different published and recorded versions of the work and explores the many stylistic sources of Gershwin's music.

    • Examines one of the most popular of all American concert works
    • Places the Rhapsody in the context of American popular song and jazz and considers its influence on music such as that of Duke Ellington
    • Provides a full account of published and recorded versions of the Rhapsody
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    Reviews & endorsements

    '… the big value of this small book lies in its persuasive advocacy. Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue stimulates thought on the social and even philosophical import of crossover music, enabling us to see the piece for what it was and might be … fuels speculation on the relationship between music and liturgy, and perhaps between dance and song … of practical relevance to any performance one may experience.' The Musical Times

    '… a most convincing interpretation of this surprisingly complex work and provides a welcome and stimulating addition to the Cambridge handbook series'. Music and Letters

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 1997
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521550772
    • length: 136 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 11 mm
    • weight: 0.32kg
    • contains: 1 table 17 music examples
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction: the one and only
    2. Identity
    3. Instruction manual (instead of an analysis)
    4. Ingredients
    5. Inception: the Aeolian Concert Hall
    6. Interpretations
    7. Influence
    8. Invisibility: ideology and reception
    Select Bibliography

  • Author

    David Schiff, Reed College, Oregon

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