Rhapsody in Blue (Gershwin, George)

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Since this work was first published after 1922 with the prescribed copyright notice, it is unlikely that this work is public domain in the USA. However, it is in the public domain in Canada (where IMSLP is hosted), the EU, and in those countries where the copyright term is life+70 years or less.

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 Live Performance (EU)
#256295 - 40.16MB - 21:56 -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (15) - - !N/20/!N - 4194x

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Kerikan (2012/10/28)

Performer Pages:

Jeff Manookian (pianist)

Performers:

Intermountain Classical Orchestra; Joel Rosenberg, conductor

Publisher Info.:

Windsor Editions

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 3.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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Arrangements and Transcriptions

Complete

For 2 Pianos (Gershwin)

 Complete Score (EU)
#10970 - 2.63MB, 41 pp. -  6.6/10 2 4 6 8 10 (34) - V/20/V - 55016x

PDF scanned by piano.ru
Turbando (2007/7/29)

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First edition

Publisher Info.:

New York: New World Music Corp., 1924

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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For Piano solo (Gershwin)

 Complete Score (EU)
#04305 - 8.43MB, 29 pp. -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (72) - V/23/V - 63171x

PDF scanned by Unknown
Gnome3 (2007/3/11)

 Complete score (EU)
#10262 - 6.43MB, 30 (29) pp. -  7.5/10 2 4 6 8 10 (35) - V/23/V - 23443x

PDF scanned by Unknown
Sissco (2007/7/19)

Publisher Info.:

New York: New World Music / T. B. Harms, 1927. Plate S-109-29

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Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

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 Complete Score (EU)
#10769 - 1.17MB, 31 pp. -  7.3/10 2 4 6 8 10 (28) - V/23/V - 37833x

PDF scanned by Unknown
Mcroskell (2007/7/25)

Publisher Info.:

New York: New World Music / T. B. Harms, 1927. Plate S-109-29

Reprinted:

Midland Park: The University Society, n.d.(ca.1990).

Copyright:

Public Domain - Non-PD US [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

This file is from the MIT archive project.

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Selection: 4 measures before rehearsal 16

For Piano and Orchestra (Manookian)

 Score and Parts to 4 Missing Measures (EU)
#112304 - 0.06MB, 16 pp. -  6.0/10 2 4 6 8 10 (37) - !N/20/!N - 25937x

PDF typeset by Kerikan
Kerikan (2011/8/5)

Arranger:

Jeff Manookian

Publisher Info.:

Windsor Editions

Copyright:

Creative Commons Attribution Non-commercial No Derivatives 3.0 - Non-PD US [tag/del]

Misc. Notes:

Missing 4 Orchestra Measures to be inserted before Rehearsal Number "16"

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General Information

Work Title Rhapsody in Blue
Alternative Title
Composer Gershwin, George
Movements/Sections 1
Year/Date of Composition 1924
First Performance 1924-02-12 in New York, Aeolian Hall. Concert - An Experiment in Modern Music
George Gershwin (piano), Paul Whiteman Band (Palais Royal Orchestra), Paul Whiteman (conductor)
Orchestration by Ferde Grofé (1892-1972)
First Publication 1927 (piano score)
1942 (Grofé's final orchestration FS)
Piece Style Early 20th century
Instrumentation Piano / Jazz Band (later Piano / Orchestra)
External Links Wikipedia article
Rhapsody in Blue - scores at Sheet Music Plus


Misc. Comments

The first orchestration by Ferde Grofé (1892-1972) was created in 1924. Grofe's final version (the one usually performed) was not published in full score until 1942, and therefore not in the public domain anywhere.

I BELIEVE that Grofe did a total of 3 different orchestrations for this work (i may be wrong here though) the original 1924 orchestration for whiteman's jazz band, a rarely heard 1926 orchestration for a more classical, but fairly small, orchestra, and the 1942 orchestration for full orchestra which is the one usually heard today. --Matthew 15:48, 12 March 2007 (EDT)

Grofe authored 5 orchestrations, of which 4 are published. First was the Whiteman orchestration from 1924. The one a couple of years later was basically a theater orchestration, slightly expanded and without the doubling of the first. Later he published an orchestration for piano and concert band (which is really interesting in that he also orchestrated the piano part in cues so that if you wanted to perform it sans piano you could--I've never heard it done this way though), and then finally his full orchestra version. He also wrote a version for Novachord orchestra that he played at the NY World's Fair. The Novachord was an early kind of synthesizer that made sounds similar to orchestral instruments. This version was not published but the MS is at Library of Congress. --Jim

The Grofé final orchestration is copyright in the USA until Jan. 1, 2038 and will be protected in Canada (and other 50 pma countries) until Jan. 1, 2023, until Jan. 1, 2043 in the EU (and other 70 pma territories).

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