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Rhapsody in Blue
By John A. Tuttle

At 02:52  6/12/97 -0400, Rod Demeny wrote to John Tuttle: 

> Dear John,
> I ran across this article in today's paper (Chicago Tribune).  As
> "Rhapsody in Blue" played by Gershwin (on two rolls) is my very favorite
> Duo-Art piece, I'm wondering if my rolls include the "lost" four
> minutes?  Any idea?  Seems like they should be there.
> Wasn't sure if there was a place to post this article, but go ahead and
> forward if you'd like.
> Respectfully,
> Rod Demeny

>>     "Rhapsody in Blue" is four minutes longer--
>>     just the way George Gershwin wrote it.
>>     On Wednesday, the Boston Pops Orchestra
>>     premiered a newly restored version of the
>>     American classic.
>>     Like the piece Gershwin played for the first
>>     time on Feb. 3, 1924, it has 50 more measures
>>     than the "Rhapsody" that has become so famous.
>>     The score was altered in the 1920s by a
>>     commercial publisher who thought it was too
>>     hard to play.
>>     "Gershwin had built all his little bridges
>>     between the parts the way they were supposed
>>     to go, and his editors just cut it up," said
>>     Alicia Zizzo, the concert pianist and composer
>>     who searched out Gershwin's original in the
>>     Library of Congress and restored it.
>>     The Boston premier  was the first public
>>     performance of the restored "Rhapsody" in
>>     its entirety.
>>     A fragment was performed in April in Connecticut,
>>     and a compact disc recorded by Zizzo was released
>>     by the London-based Carlton Classics this month.
>>     Jeffrey Biegel, the guest pianist Wednesday, said
>>     it was a pleasure not to play the "Reader's Digest
>>     condensed version" for a change. Biegel, 36, has
>>     been playing "Rhapsody" since he was 10.
>>     "Can you imagine what it's like for conductors and
>>     musicians who have played this piece their whole
>>     lives?" he asked.

Hi Rod,

I'll forward the article to the Mechanical Music Digest.

What I'm curious about is whether or not the old 78's that
I have are the original length. Since I don't sight read
music, I don't know how I could find out. I wish I knew
what part was taken out. Maybe one of the members will

John A. Tuttle

(Message sent Thu 12 Jun 1997, 21:02:19 GMT, from time zone GMT-0400.)

Key Words in Subject:  Blue, Rhapsody

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