Today in History: February 12

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1924

Heard George Gershwin's debut

Of his piano concerto

"Rhapsody in Blue".*

*"Gershwin’s original title for it was American Rhapsody. But, by chance, Ira had been to an exhibition of Whistler’s paintings and saw the painter's Nocturne In Blue And Green of the Thames at Chelsea. Why not call the new piece Rhapsody In Blue instead, he suggested. The title would reflect the European and American influences. Also at Ira’s suggestion, George contrasted the syncopated character that dominates the tune with an expressive romantic theme the composer had previously improvised at a party."  [classicfm.com]

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  • One date not to commemorate is when United Airlines bastardized it.

  • That doesn't fly with me either. Jack, 'bastardized' is exactly the right word.

  • No offense taken here, gentlemen. I don't mind such words when they fit so well.

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