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George Gershwin:

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.

Music heard in this episode:

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

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Rhapsody in Blue
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This Week's Quiz

The word rhapsody comes from which language?

 Greek

 French

 German

 Italian

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

 true

 false

Which of these composers did NOT write a rhapsody?

 Franz Liszt

 Camille Saint-Saens

 Antonio Vivaldi

 Johannes Brahms

Classics For Kids

Our Shows

George Gershwin:

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.

Music heard in this episode:

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

More shows about George Gershwin

About George Gershwin
Rhapsody in Blue
Jazz in Classical Music

Learn more about George Gershwin

Classics For Kids


This Week's Quiz

The word rhapsody comes from which language?

 Greek

 French

 German

 Italian

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

 true

 false

Which of these composers did NOT write a rhapsody?

 Franz Liszt

 Camille Saint-Saens

 Antonio Vivaldi

 Johannes Brahms

 

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