Today in History: Gershwin Plays Rhapsody in Blue

| February 12, 2018

180212_news_219x365February 12, 1924 marks the debut of Rhapsody in Blue, played masterfully by the composer and pianist George Gershwin, largely known for his work on Broadway songs. With a packed audience at Aeolian Hall in New York City, Gershwin performed his brand new piece as part of an educational event called “Experiment in Modern Music” — which served to introduce jazz as an exciting and new intricate art form. Rhapsody became one of the most important musical works of the twentieth century — immediately recognizable by opening by an “outrageous clarinet”.

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