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.
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Music In This Episode

Swedish Rhapsody #1

Roumanian Rhapsody #1

Hungarian Rhapsody #2

Irish Rhapsody #5

Rhapsodie DAuvergne

Espa~na

Rhapsody in Rivets

Alto Rhapsody

Caprice

Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini

Rhapsody in Blue