Arranging Gershwin

Arranging Gershwin

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In Arranging Gershwin, author Ryan BaApagale approaches George Gershwin's iconic piece Rhapsody in Blue not as a composition but as an arrangement -- a status it has in many ways held since its inception in 1924, yet one unconsidered until now. Shifting emphasis away from the notion of the Rhapsody as a static work by a single composer, BaApagale posits a broad vision of the piece that acknowledges the efforts of a variety of collaborators who shaped the Rhapsody as we know it today. Arranging Gershwin sheds new light on familiar musicians such as Leonard Bernstein and Duke Ellington, introduces lesser-known figures such as Ferde GrofAc and Larry Adler, and remaps the terrain of this emblematic piece of American music. At the same time, it expands on existing approaches to the study of arrangements -- an emerging and insightful realm of American music studies -- as well as challenges existing and entrenched definitions of composer and composition. Based on a host of newly discovered manuscripts, the book significantly alters existing historical and cultural conceptions of the Rhapsody. With additional forays into visual media, including the commercial advertising of United Airlines and Woody Allen's Manhattan, it moreover exemplifies how arrangements have contributed not only to the iconicity of Gershwin and Rhapsody in Blue, but also to music-making in America -- its people, their pursuits, and their processes.Goldberg titles his chapter on Rhapsody in Blue a€œBeyond the Dancea€ in George Gershwin, 136a€“167. 13. Record E 2982, CCC. 14. Royalty statement, March 31, 1925, Box 114, ... The smaller electric-organ market would not emerge in the United States until the mid-1930s when the Hammond Organ Company released its Model A. 1. Elysa Gardner, a€œThe Glory of Gershwin, a€ Rolling Stone 700, Endnotesanbsp;...

Title:Arranging Gershwin
Author:Ryan Raul Bañagale
Publisher:Oxford University Press, USA - 2014-10-09


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