Rhapsody in Blue was considered an experimentation in modernmusic because, within the time limit of three weeks, Mr. Gershwin created a uniquemasterpiece that captivated the audience. It was created in 1924 and became popularbecause he defied his time by combining classical music and jazz.
Although manycriticized that this piece wasn’t a composition rather a creation of just terrifictunes. Not only but also, saying it was neither jazz nor a symphony but clearlythis was by far an evolutionary combination. This extensively long compositioncould be divided into three works. And if played separately they would stillsound impeccable. This energetic and rhythmic is unforgettable because of itsmelodies.
This piece contains five themes which are the following ritornello,train, stride, shuffle, and the love theme. To start the first theme, ritornello begins with threemeasures played by the piano in an AABA’ form. Although the key signature is Amajor, we can hear that Gershwin uses accidentals leading to a modulation. Following,the train theme is not played as a piano solo and we can again see thatGershwin uses AABA’ form but in C major not leading to a modulation. Furthermore, the stride theme resembles an AA’BAform, a modified version of the train theme but then we hear a heavy emphasison the last phrase, as well as some parallel harmonies. Next, the shuffle theme,we hear an internal modulation, which is in AA’BB’A form and it begins with a Gmajor.
We also see that the sequences repeat before returning to the themesoriginal tonic. Finally, the last theme, the love theme, we can hear that thetheme contains an altering phrase in AA’B form. This masterpiece is rather longand tedious composition when I listened to Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin,the version by Lang Lang, and the version by Leonard Bernstein. I personallyliked the version by Lang Lang and the original version by George Gershwin.
InLang Lang’s version, we can hear a happier tune to this marvelous work createdby Gershwin. While Gershwin’s original piece is quite magnificent.