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Friday, December 25, 2009

Illustrated Friday: Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue

I hope everyone who's into the Christmas thing is spending some time with people they care about today, but just in case you need a break from all that holiday cheer, here's something to cleanse your palate!

Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue is definitely truth in advertising- it's the story of the composing of Rhapsody in Blue, one of Gershwin's most famous pieces. It's a fantastic story and is told as a narrative instead of as a reference work, but the author's note at the end assures us that this is pretty much the way it happened in real life, which makes the story even more cool in my book. The illustrations bring New York City in the 1920s to life, and there's a CD included that has the song, so if you've never heard it before you have the chance to fix that right while you're reading.

Rhapsody in Blue was also one of the features in Fantasia 2000, and I managed to find the entire segment on YouTube, albeit in two pieces. Here they are, for your enjoyment:

Here's wishing everyone a happy and healthy holiday. May we all be healthy, wealthy and wise and all that jazz. Regular reviews resume next week!

1 comment:

Cleverly Inked said...

I hope you had a merry christmas!

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