The Symphony Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin premiered in New York
February 12, 1924
Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects.
Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, „theater orchestra” setting published in 1926, and the symphony orchestra scoring published in 1942, though completed earlier. The piece received its premiere in the concert, An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.
Rhapsody in Blue
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Conductor Barry Wordsworth, Piano Christopher O’Riley