George Gershwin’s ‘Rhapsody in Blue’ Is a Story of Jazz, Race and the Fraught Notion of America’s Melting Pot
Rhapsody in Blue (George Gershwin, 1924), combines elements of classical music with jazz. Gershwin spoke of the rhapsody as "a musical kaleidoscope of America," but it has often been interpreted as a musical portrait of New York City. This video montage of Manhattan was edited by Gilda Tabarez. Music performed by the Columbia Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.
Israeli pianist Astrith Baltsan performs Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue, explaining the inspiration of the music in the young Gershwin's fascination with Harlem blues.