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Rhapsody in Blue

Advanced Piano

By George Gershwin

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Piano - Advanced
Advanced Piano. Composed by George Gershwin (1898-1937). Masterworks; Piano Solo - Popular Sheet; Solo. 20th Century; Masterwork Arrangement. Sheet. 40 pages. Published by Alfred Music (AP.PS0048).

Item Number: AP.PS0048

ISBN 0769276814. Modified by Herman Wasserman.

To provide greater availability for a work of such importance, the original publishers secured from Gershwin a solo piano version wherein the orchestral parts are fused together with the solo piano part (PS0047). Due to concerns that the composer's arrangement presented too many technical demands to pianists not possessing the requisite technique, a modified arrangement was delicately solicited from pianists of the time. (Gershwin's untimely death precluded any modification from the composer himself.)

Many attempts at technical modifications were rejected on ethical grounds until Herman Wasserman--who taught Gershwin to play the piano--submitted a manuscript which became this edition. Several prominent pianists who reviewed the score all attested to the amazing reduction in technical demands while retaining the clarity, sonority, and brilliance of the original. This edition is designed for Early Advanced pianists, although some sections, including the well-known Moderato middle section, are accessible to those performing at less-advanced levels.

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  • 5

    veltone
    Location:
    Beverly Hills, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • July 10, 2011 Rhapsody in Blue

    Very nice, thorough, piano reduction. Fairly difficult reading but nicely done.

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  • 5

    Anonymous
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    Intermediate/advanced
  • March 02, 2007 Very close to origional but a little easier

    This was meticulously arranged to be easier, while keeping most of the chord voicing’s and feel intact. Note that while this is easier than the original, it is still difficult.

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  • 5

    Dirkie
    Location:
    Westminster, CA
    Difficulty Level:
    Intermediate/advanced
  • April 01, 2004 VERY GOOD REWRITE!

    This modified arrangement of the Rhapsody in blue is a very good rewrite of the "original" which is also available from Warner Bros. for $15. It is written in the ORIGINAL KEYS, but it has been simplified in some of the more difficult areas....it also uses much of the...

    same musical ornamentations and movements as the original, only they are rewritten in a more "reader-friendly" way. (ie: splitting a difficult passage between two hands instead of just leaving it written in the treble.) I actually use this edition as a supplement to the more difficult "original" which I am currently studying. It is helpful when I need to clarify something which is not written in a way that I can easily understand. Definitely invest in the two editions together.

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