Essay about Rhapsody in Blue

661 Words May 29th, 2013 3 Pages
George Gershwin was one of the most prolific American composers of the 20th century. He was born in Brooklyn, New York in 1898 to Ukrainian immigrants, Morris and Rosa Gershowitz. He began to study piano at a young age and was instructed by noted piano teacher Charles Hambitzer. After dropping out of high school at the young age of 15, he began his career as a song-plugger. A song-plugger was somebody who demonstrated new sheet music to be sold in a music store. He did this for three years and by that time had turned into a highly skilled pianist. In 1916 he composed his first published song entitled “When You Want ’Em You Can’t Get ’Em”. From 1920 to 1924, he composed for an annual production put on by George White. Legend has it …show more content…
What those critics didn’t know is that Gershwin’s composition would become an internationally recognized piece of American music.

When you listen to Gershwin’s work it’s hard to not be amazed in what you are hearing. It is difficult to describe parts of the music that you like because there are so many. Several critics claimed the piece was not fluid and seemed to be just put together. One critic said you “can remove any of these stuck-together sections and the piece still goes on as bravely as before.” (Gershwin, 2012). We believed that this made the piece unique. The beginning of the piece briefly introduces all the different themes in short solos before expounding on all of them later which is something that was not common during this time either. We also enjoyed the “American” feeling that was on display throughout the piece. It is a melting pot of themes and ideas that all seem to fit together perfectly. “Rhapsody in Blue” is a difficult piece to dislike. The only critical comment that we could make about this wonderful piece is that it was hard to follow. Even though the sporadic tempos and themes make this an iconic piece of American music history, it had a sense of not being organized. For the most part, we had nothing but good comments for Gershwin’s work and enjoyed being able to research such a wonderful piece of