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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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Olin Downes: “A Concert of Jazz” (1924)

Olin Downes: “A Concert of Jazz” (1924)

13 Olin Downes: “A Concert of Jazz” (1924)
The George Gershwin Reader

Robert Wyatt

John Andrew Johnson

Oxford University Press

This chapter presents the text of music critic Olin Downes' article in the February 1924 issue of the New York Times about the concert the included the premiere of George Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue. Downes suggested that the composition showed extraordinary talent just as it showed a young composer with aims that go far beyond those of his ilk. She also noted that Rhapsody in Blue counteracted the weakness of the concert program that is the tendency to sameness of rhythm and sentiment in the music.

Keywords:   George Gershwin, Rhapsody in Blue, Olin Downes, concerts, composers

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