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.
> Rod Demeny
>> `RHAPSODY IN BLUE' GETS BACK 4 FORGOTTEN MINUTES
>> "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.
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