The project may take 30 to 40 years to complete. It is unknown if the critical edition will include the entire original score or only Gershwin's final edits. Sign In Don't have an account? Start a Wiki. Categories :. Cancel Save. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. October In the first movement, Ravel uses the blues as the more lyrical counterpoint to a bubbling first theme. Like Gershwin, Ravel aims for a piano tour-de-force, where the virtuosity of a jazz improvisation and a concerto overlap, but within the more traditional context of a modified sonata form.
After a hazy developmental section, the cadenza halfway through the first movement sounds as if it might just as easily fly from the fingers of an Art Tatum or a Bud Powell as from a Mozart or a Chopin. The second movement is a slow, sentimental waltz, equal parts Tin Pan Alley and French melodie.
The last movement is a quick sprint to the finish, as if the pianist were trying to outrun the orchestra. The single reached Billboard peak positions number 41 Pop, number 10 Easy Listening. A disco arrangement was recorded by French pianist Richard Clayderman in and is one of his signature pieces.
In the late s, interest in the original arrangement was revived. On February 14, , it received its first performance since the s: Kenneth Kiesler secured needed permissions and led with work with pianist Paul Verrette on his University of New Hampshire campus. Michel Camilo recorded the piece in , winning a Latin Grammy award. Paul Whiteman asked Gershwin to write a "jazz concerto", which became the Rhapsody in Blue ; like a concerto, the piece is written for solo piano with orchestra: a rhapsody differs from a concerto in that it features one extended movement instead of separate movements.
Rhapsodies often incorporate passages of an improvisatory nature although written out in a score , and are irregular in form, with heightened contrasts and emotional exuberance; Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is typical in that it certainly has large contrasts in musical texture, style, and color. The music ranges from intensely rhythmic piano solos to slow, broad, and richly orchestrated sections.
The opening of Rhapsody in Blue is written as a clarinet trill followed by a legato, 17 notes in a diatonic scale. During a rehearsal, Whiteman's virtuoso clarinetist, Ross Gorman, rendered the upper portion of the scale as a captivating and fully trombone-like glissando : Gershwin heard it and insisted that it be repeated in the performance. This effect has now become standard performance practice for the work. Rhapsody in Blue displays both rhythmic invention and melodic inspiration, and demonstrates Gershwin's ability to write a piece with large-scale harmonic and melodic structure.
The piece is characterized by strong motivic interrelatedness. Much of the motivic material is introduced in the first 14 measures. David Schiff identifies five major themes plus a sixth "tag". Two of the remaining three themes are rhythmically related to the very first theme in measure 2, which is sometimes called the Glissando theme after the opening glissando in the clarinet solo or the Ritornello theme.
The remaining theme is the Train theme, which is the first to appear at rehearsal 9 after the opening material. All of the themes rely on the blues scale , which includes lowered sevenths and a mixture of major and minor thirds. Each theme appears both in orchestrated form and as a piano solo. There are considerable differences in the style of presentation of each theme.
The harmonic structure of the rhapsody is more difficult to analyze. Modulation through the circle of fifths in the reverse direction inverts classical tonal relationships, but does not abandon them. The entire middle section resides primarily in C major, with forays into G major the dominant relation. Modulations occur freely and easily, though not always with harmonic direction.
Gershwin frequently uses a recursive harmonic progression of minor thirds to give the illusion of motion when in fact a passage does not change key from beginning to end.
Modulation by thirds was a common element of Tin Pan Alley music. The influences of jazz and other contemporary styles are certainly present in Rhapsody in Blue. Ragtime rhythms are abundant, as is the Cuban " clave " rhythm, which doubles as a dance rhythm in the Charleston jazz dance.
Gershwin's own intentions were to correct the belief that jazz had to be played strictly in time so that one could dance to it. Length Related Tags rhapsody in blue gershwin fh rh Add tags View all tags. From The Album Play album. Top Classical Piano Various Artists listeners. Play track. Artist images 4 more. London Symphony Orchestra , listeners Related Tags classical instrumental symphony The LSO was founded in as an independent, self governing organization, the first such orchestra in the UK.
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