Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blueby David Schiff
Pub. Date: 09/28/1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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.
Table of Contents1. 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; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index.
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