Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin, George)

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Performer Pages Jeff Manookian (pianist)
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Arranger Louis Sauter
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Misc. Notes This is an arrangement for string quintet of the 2nd piano accompaniment written by George Gershwin. The piano solo part is not included; it can be found in the score for 2 pianos by Gershwin.
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PMLP07706-Gershwin Rhapsody in Blue - Piano and String Quintet - Score.pdf
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Editor First edition
Publisher. Info. New York: New World Music Corp., 1924
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Publisher. Info. New York: New World Music / T. B. Harms, 1927. Plate S-109-29
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Publisher. Info. New York: New World Music / T. B. Harms, 1927. Plate S-109-29
Reprinted Midland Park: The University Society, n.d.(ca.1990).
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Misc. Notes This file is from the MIT archive project.
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Selection: 4 measures before rehearsal 16

For Piano and Orchestra (Manookian)

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Arranger Jeff Manookian
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Misc. Notes Missing 4 Orchestra Measures to be inserted before Rehearsal Number "16"
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General Information

Work Title Rhapsody in Blue
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Composer Gershwin, George
Movements/SectionsMov'ts/Sec's 1
Year/Date of CompositionY/D of Comp. 1924
First Performance. 1924-02-12 in New York, Aeolian Hall. Concert - An Experiment in Modern Music
George Gershwin (piano), Paul Whiteman Band (Palais Royal Orchestra), Paul Whiteman (conductor)
Orchestration by Ferde Grofé (1892-1972)
First Publication. 1924 (2-piano score)
1927 (piano solo, Grofé's theatre orchestra arrangement)
1942 (Grofé's symphonic orchestration)
Copyright Information Grofé's orchestrations are under copyright worldwide. While settings by Gershwin public domain even in the EU, this work remains under copyright in the USA.

In the USA, This item is not in the public domain because it was renewed 28 years after first publication with a proper notice or it was "restored" to copyright status via a Notice of Intent to Enforce (NIE) under the provisions of the GATT/TRIPS amendments. It will enter the US public domain on January 1st, 2020.

Average DurationAvg. Duration 15 minutes
Composer Time PeriodComp. Period Early 20th century
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation piano solo, jazz band (later orchestra)
Jazz Band (1924 orchestration by Grofé)
oboe, 2 clarinets (2nd also E clarinet, bass clarinet), 3 saxophones*
2 horns, 2 trumpets, 2 trombones, tuba (also double bass)
timpani, percussion**, piano (also celesta), tenor banjo, 8 violins
*2 alto saxs (1 also soprano, 2 also bass, tenor), tenor sax (also E clarinet)
**drum set, glockenspiel, triangle, gong, bass drum, snare drum,
cymbals (crash, suspended, turkish cymbal)
Theatre Orchestra (1926 orchestration by Grofé)
flute, oboe, 2 clarinets, bassoon, 3 saxophones (AAT)
2 horns, 2 trumpets, trombone
timpani, percussion*, tenor banjo, strings
*bass drum, snare drum, cymbals (crash, suspended), glockenspiel, triangle, gong
Symphonic Orchestra (1942 orchestration by Grofé)
2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets, bass clarinet, 2 bassoons, 3 saxophones (AAT)
3 horns, 3 trumpets, 3 trombones, tuba
timpani, percussion*, tenor banjo, strings
*bass drum, snare drum, cymbals (crash, suspended), glockenspiel, triangle, tam-tam
External Links Wikipedia article
Rhapsody in Blue - scores at Sheet Music Plus
Extra Information Grofé's 1942 orchestration was the one most widely performed and recorded until recently. About the Grofé orchestrations