The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue: Paul Whiteman's Historic Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924

The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue: Paul Whiteman's Historic Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924

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ESSAY FROM THE MUSICAL HERITAGE REVIEW, 1987 by MAURICE PERESS

One would be hard pressed to think of a musical event about which more has been written than Paul Whiteman's launching of Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. --Maurice Peress

 

Peress and his musicians--and Whiteman and his musicians--had a marvelous time with this music. That's not to say that Yes, We Have No Bananas is quite on the order of Pomp and Circumstance. But here they coexist happily, side by side. Which raises the most pressing question that results from an evening of enjoying this reconstructed concert: Why can't we com­bine disparate types of music this im­aginatively on concert programs today? --Ovation Magazine

 

1 Livery Stable Blues 02:04 (Dick Hyman, piano)
2 Mama Loves Papa 03:27
3 Yes We Have No Bananas/So This Is Venice 04:51
4 Whispering 03:14
5 Limehouse Blues 02:49
6 Linger Awhile 02:48
7 Raggedy Ann 03:02
8 Zez Confrey: Kitten On The Keys 02:33 (Dick Hyman, piano)
9 Zez Confrey: Three Little Oddities: Romanza 01:06 (Dick Hyman, piano)
10 Zez Confrey: Three Little Oddities, Impromptu 02:02 (Dick Hyman, piano)
11 Zez Confrey: Three Little Oddities, Novelette 01:43 (Dick Hyman, piano)
12 Zez Confrey: Nickel In The Slot 02:06 (Dick Hyman, piano)
13 Irving Berlin Medley: Orange Blossoms In California 01:22 (Dick Hyman, piano)
14 Irving Berlin Medley: A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody 01:29 (Dick Hyman, piano)
15 Irving Berlin Medley: Alexander's Ragtime Band 01:42 (Dick Hyman, piano)


16 Edward Elgar: Pomp And Circumstance 05:20


17 Ferde Grofe: Russian Rose 03:42
18 Pale Moon 03:54
19 To A Wild Rose 02:07
20 Chansonette 02:58


21 Victor Herbert: A Suite Of Serenades: Spanish 01:48
22 Victor Herbert: A Suite Of Serenades: Chinese 02:32
23 Victor Herbert: A Suite Of Serenades: Cuban 02:31
24 Victor Herbert: A Suite Of Serenades: Oriental 01:44


25 George Gershwin: Rhapsody In Blue (1924 jazz band orchestration)16:22

 

The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue: Paul Whiteman's Historic Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924

The Birth of Rhapsody in Blue: Paul Whiteman's Historic Aeolian Hall Concert of 1924

ESSAY FROM THE MUSICAL HERITAGE REVIEW, 1987

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