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On this day in history: February 12

on February 12, 2014

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” is performed for the first time on February 12, 1924.

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To listen to Leonard Bernstein’s recording of “Rhapsody in Blue” (from NPR), click here.

To download any of several pianists’ recordings of “Rhapsody in Blue” for free, go to Freegal and use your library card number and PIN to log in.

Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue by Anna Harwell Celenza

In January of 1924, a twenty-six-year-old pianist, George Gershwin, finds himself slated to compose, in only five weeks, a concerto that defines “American music,” and the result is his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue.


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