'Rhapsody in Blue'

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Title: Rhapsody in Blue

Artist: George Gershwin

Reporter: Jeff Lunden

Proudcer: Jeff Lunden

Editor: Elizabeth Blair

Length: 14:17

Interviewees: Robert Kimball, Edward Jablonski, Amy

Henderson (DATs available); Ira Gershwin (archival), Paul Whiteman (archival)

Recordings Used: Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin - Historic Gershwin Recordings (RCA)

"Jaz-O-Mine" - Gershwin: The Piano Rolls, Vol. 2, (Nonesuch)

"Nothin'" - Luckey & The Lion – Harlem Piano (Good Time Jazz)

"Swanee" – Al Jolson - S'Wonderful: The Music of George Gershwin (Flapper)

"Blue Monday Blues" – Blue Monday - Marin Alsop/Concordia (Angel)

Rhapsody in Blue – Michael Tilson Thomas - Gershwin Rhapsodies (CBS Masterworks)

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George Gershwin in the 1930s.

George Gershwin in the 1930s.

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At age 25, George Gershwin took only three weeks to compose one of the most enduring pieces of American music. Used for the film score to Woody Allen's Manhattan, the episodic and jazzy one-movement piano concerto evokes the hustle and bustle of New York's grand metropolitan aura.

NPR's Jeff Lunden tells the story of Gershwin's most identifiable masterpiece.

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