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Rhapsody in Blue


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Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

What is a Rhapsody?

"Rhapsody" is an ancient word that means "songs stitched together". The Greeks used to write long poems in praise of their heroes, and then take bits and pieces of those poems and string them together for performance. In music, a rhapsody is a free-form piece that takes different tunes and strings them together.

Track list:
Alfven: Swedish Rhapsody #1
Enesco: Roumanian Rhapsody #1
Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody #2
Stanford: Irish Rhapsody #5
Saint-Saens: Rhapsodie D’Auvergne
Chabrier: España
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Rivets
Brahms: Alto Rhapsody
Paganini: Caprice
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini
Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue

Classics for Kids Quiz

1. The word rhapsody comes from which language?





2.A rhapsody is a free-form composition that stitches different tunes together.



3. Which of these composers did NOT write a rhapsody?

Franz Liszt

Camille Saint-Saens

Antonio Vivaldi

Johannes Brahms

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