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The George Gershwin Reader$
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Robert Wyatt and John Andrew Johnson

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327113

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327113.001.0001

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Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride: “An Experiment” (1926)

Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride: “An Experiment” (1926)

12 Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride: “An Experiment” (1926)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents an excerpt from Paul Whiteman's autobiography titled Paul Whiteman and Mary Margaret McBride about the premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue in his concert at the Aeolian Hall in New York in February 1924. Whiteman noted the difference between Rhapsody in Blue and Livery Stable Blues and stated that Gershwin's composition was regarded by critics as the most significant number of the program. This was because it was the first rhapsody written for a solo instrument and a jazz orchestra.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Paul Whiteman, Mary Margaret McBride, Livery Stable Blues, concerts, rhapsody

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