Gershwin - Rhapsody in Blue
Working first as a song plugger in New York’s Tin Pan alley, and studying harmony and counterpoint for nearly ten years, Gershwin went on to compose musicals, films, jazz and classical music. Whatever he tried his hand at, he managed to turn out music that was a cut above average.
These three works are supreme examples of Gershwin's infectious wit and jazzy confidence. They encapsulate the exuberance and confidence of America — especially Manhattan – in the mid-1920s.
1. Rhapsody in Blue
2–3. An American in Paris
4–6. Piano Concerto in F