Monday, June 29, 2015

Righteous Classical Music: Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin

Oh yeah! Something else a little different for a change! Rhapsody in Blue is a good deal more modern than a lot of classical music we've ranted about before, and the whole aesthetic is a lot different. The whole feel is very urban and jazzy, and holy shnikes! Is that some righteous piano action, or not? But the piano isn't the only instrument that totally gets to showcase in this song. The opening clarinet solo is one of the most famous beginnings in all of music! In this righteous little solo, the clarinet player actually performs a glissando, which is a real stunt on a woodwind! And then there's the brass! There is plenty for the brass to do, and they totally go nuts! It must be fun to be a trumpet player in this song!
The moods of the piece vary, and it travels through several different emotions. The crazy piano parkour is contrasted with a gentle and swelling middle section.

Next Up: Turkish Fragments: 'Caravan' and 'During the Rest' by Mikhail Ippolitov-Ivanov

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