Rhapsody in Blue

More timeless music from 2013. Hardly anyone has viewed this before.


Most Classical music is very old. When it was written, it was the ‘pop music’ of its day, and predominantly admired by the wealthy, and patrons of the arts. Everyday folk had to be content with their folk songs and hymns, as they were unlikely to ever be in a place where Classical music was performed, or even heard.

Most of us can recognise the better-known Classical pieces, such as ‘The Planets’, or ‘The Four Seasons’, and some composers, like Handel, have distinctive styles, and preferred instruments. Much of this recognition is down to the use of music to accompany films, and TV advertisements; we hear something pleasant, delve a little further into its origins, and discover the composer’s other works. Modern composers of Classical music are few and far between, and often less well-known, without the same wide audience.

In 1924, George Gershwin, the American songwriter and composer, wrote…

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  1. My mother used to play me a piece of classical music every day when I was a kid, and this was one of them. Other pieces I remember vividly are Scheheradzade, Porgy and Bess, The Planets, The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba, and Dvorak’s New World Symphony. I took part in a school concert and introduced her to Carmina Burana, but she wasn’t very impressed – perhaps it was our tortured version of it….


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