Rhapsody In Blue

FTLComm - Tisdale - Thursday, January 29, 2004
I think I was in grade nine or ten when I first heard George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Gershwin was a serious music composer, but unlike the others that one heard and had to study, he had only died a few years earlier and his music, though in the structure of the classics, used themes from the contemporary world. His two symphonies were Rhapsody in Blue and An American in Paris, but he is best known for his shot at making a true American opera, Porgy and Bess. He and his brother Ira were never far from pop music, but they were challenging the conventions of the American musical and yet they maintained a tangible link with the traditions of European classical music.

You are hearing a very abbreviated version of the full piece of music and even more interesting, the orchestra playing this version is none other than jazz musician and composer in his own right, Duke Ellington.

The blue pictures were taken Wednesday just after sunset and the first picture was a mistake, the photographer failed to turn of the flash before clicking from behind the cold windshield of the van. But like music sometimes, just sometimes accidents are fortunate inventions.

Let me know if this sort of presentation is something you would like to see and experience more of in the future.

Timothy W. Shire


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