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Rhapsody in Blue


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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin wrote his Rhapsody in Blue in a big hurry, after he saw a newspaper announcement saying that he was writing a jazz concerto for a concert taking place in less than a month! Everyone loved the piece at its first performance, and at age 25, Gershwin became a musical celebrity.

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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. Which instrument plays the glissando at the beginning of Rhapsody in Blue?





2.For which band leader did George Gershwin write Rhapsody in Blue?

Paul Whiteman

Benny Goodman

Artie Shaw

3. The word “blue” in the title of Rhapsody in Blue refers to the fact that the piece contains what sort of music?


rock and roll



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