Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

by David Schiff
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521559537

ISBN-13: 9780521559539

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…  See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521559539
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Series:
Cambridge Music Handbooks Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
136
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.31(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
1Introduction: the one and only1
2Identity4
3Instruction manual (instead of an analysis)12
4Ingredients30
5Inception: the Aeolian Hall concert51
6Interpretations63
7Influence71
8Invisibility: ideology and reception82
Notes101
Select bibliography109
Index114

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