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George Gershwin An Analysis of His Style and Influence on Music Through Rhapsody in Blue

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Transcript of George Gershwin An Analysis of His Style and Influence on Music Through Rhapsody in Blue

What is Jazz? Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin An Analysis of His Music and
How His Influence on Jazz
Through Rhapsody in Blue 5 Main Themes: Ritornello Theme Train Theme Stride Theme Shuffle Theme Love Theme Main Characteristics of Rhapsody in Blue Classic Elements Jazzy Elements Counterpoints
Classic musical scale
Circle of fifths Blue notes
Pentatonic scales
AABA pattern
Jazzy rhythms Gershwin's
Mix-O-Matic Original Elements Chord Progressions
Melodies Rhapsody in Blue -Yogi Berra "Anyone who understands Jazz knows that you can't understand it. It's too complicated. That's what's so simple about it." “Jazz is restless. It won’t stay put and it never will.” -J. J. Johnson "...jazz is a word which has been used for at least
five or six different types of music.” -George Gershwin W. C. Handy
King of Blues Evolution of Jazz Commercialization
of Jazz African American Roots Blue Notes
Pentatonic Scale
Swing "Authentic Jazz"
Jazz as a folk music Early 20th Century Mass production of jazz tunes
Popular Music with 'jazzy' elements Jazz as a popular music form Jazz Spreads and Splits Jazz: Anything with blue notes/swing Jazz as an art form Modern Definition:
Expanding collection of 20th century styles
Roots in African-American culture
Essential: swing, improvisation, blue notes Mulltiple Funtions:
Improvisations, etc. "The Rhapsody is not a composition at all. It's a string of separate paragraphs stuck together.... You can cut parts of it without affecting the whole. You can remove any of these stuck-together sections and the piece still goes on as bravely as before. It can be a five-minute piece or a twelve-minute piece. And in fact, all these things are being done to it every day. And it's still the Rhapsody in Blue." -L. Bernstein What did Gershwin
Achieve? Classic Music more popular Jazz as an "art music" Adding jazzy elements to classical music Inspiring other musicians in multiple genres Gershwin referred to it as jazz Considered jazz by the people of the time Better descrption: contemporary classic Free Jazz Soul Jazz Groove Citations: Osgood, Henry O. So This is Jazz. Boston: Little, Brown, 1926

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Handy, W.C. Father of Blues: An Autobiography. New York: The Macmillan Co., 1941

Starr, Larry. George Gershwin. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2011 Is Rhapsody in Blue Jazz?
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