I think that “Rhapsody in Blue” by George Gershwin just naturally feels like New York. It’s essentially a piano concerto that Gershwin didn’t call a piano concerto. It has all the jazz idioms of the 1920s within an orchestral texture. The piece reflects the energy of the city in an engaging and beguiling way.
WATCH VIDEO:George Gershwin wrote and premiered “Rhapsody in Blue” in New York in 1924.
Joseph W. Polisi has served as the president of The Juilliard School since 1984.