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Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon

Ryan Bañagale


This book approaches George Gershwin’s iconic Rhapsody in Blue as an “arrangement”—a status it has held since its inception in 1924, yet one unconsidered until now. It shifts the emphasis away from a centralized composition and from the sole agency of a single composer, positing a broad vision of the Rhapsody. Based on a host of newly discovered manuscripts, this book significantly alters existing historical and cultural conceptions of the Rhapsody. Each chapter engages a different set of previously unknown documents, providing the reader with a dynamic and multifaceted reappraisal of this emb ... More

Keywords: Rhapsody in Blue, George Gershwin, arrangements, manuscripts, narratives, media, Ferde Grofé, Leonard Bernstein, Duke Ellington, United Airlines

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199978373
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199978373.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ryan Bañagale, author
Colorado College