Tag Archives: George Gershwin

great compositions/performances: Yuja Wang plays Gershwin : Piano Concerto in F (1925)


Yuja Wang plays Gershwin : Piano Concerto in F (1925)

Bird on a wire-Perla Batalla_ Special_Features “I’m Your Man”


Leonard Cohen‘s Bird on The Wire:

The most beautiful interpretation of “Like The Bird On The Wire”, ever. Perla flies like a dove above all, off a wire up in the skies, and dive on the winds of the accordion, so divinely played. Perla Batalla is the priestess of freedom and joy of life everlasting in this magnificent scene: Sweet like nectar, and the salt of the Earth. If Leonard is the man, Perla is the woman, the lover, enchanter, charmer, the voice.

Like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Like a worm on a hook
Like a knight from some old fashioned book
I have saved all my ribbons for thee

If I, if I have been unkind
I hope that you can just let it go by
If I, if I have been untrue
I hope you know it was never to you

Oh, like a baby, stillborn
Like a beast with his horn
I have torn everyone who reached out for me

But I swear by this song
And by all that I have done wrong
I will make it all up to thee

I saw a beggar leaning on his wooden crutch
He said to me, “You must not ask for so much”
And a pretty woman leaning in her darkened door
She cried to me, “Hey, why not ask for more?”

Oh, like a bird on the wire
Like a drunk in a midnight choir
I have tried in my way to be free

Songwriters
COHEN, LEONARD

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Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Today In History. What Happened This Day In History


Today In History. What Happened This Day In History

A chronological timetable of historical events that occurred on this day in history. Historical facts of the day in the areas of military, politics, science, music, sports, arts, entertainment and more. Discover what happened today in history.

February 12

1294   Kublai Khan, the conqueror of Asia, dies at the age of 80.
1554   Lady Jane Grey, the Queen of England for thirteen days, is beheaded on Tower Hill. She was barely 17 years old.
1709   Alexander Selkirk, the Scottish seaman whose adventures inspired the creation of Daniel Dafoe‘s Robinson Crusoe, is taken off Juan Fernandez Island after more than four years of living there alone.
1793   The first fugitive slave law, requiring the return of escaped slaves, is passed.
1818   Chile gains independence from Spain.
1836   Mexican General Santa Anna crosses the Rio Grande en route to the Alamo.
1909   The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) is formed.
1912   China becomes a republic following the overthrow of the Manchu dynasty.
1921   Winston Churchill of London is appointed colonial secretary.
1924   George Gershwin’s groundbreaking symphonic jazz composition Rhapsody in Blue premieres with Gershwin himself playing the piano with Paul Whiteman’s orchestra.
1929   Charles Lindbergh announces his engagement to Anne Morrow.
1931   Japan makes its first television broadcast–a baseball game.
1935   The Macon, the last U.S. Navy dirigible, crashes off the coast of California, killing two people.
1938   Japan refuses to reveal naval data requested by the U.S. and Britain.
1940   The Soviet Union signs a trade treaty with Germany to aid against the British blockade.
1944   Wendell Wilkie enters the American presidential race against Franklin D. Roosevelt.
1949   Moslem Brotherhood chief Hassan el Banna is shot to death in Cairo.
1953   The Soviets break off diplomatic relations with Israel after the bombing of Soviet legation.
1966   The South Vietnamese win two big battles in the Mekong Delta.
1972   Senator Edward Kennedy advocates amnesty for Vietnam draft resisters.
1974   The Symbionese Liberation Army asks the Hearst family for $230 million in food for the poor.
1980   The Lake Placid Winter Olympics open in New York.
1987   A Court in Texas upholds $8.5 billion of a fine imposed on Texaco for the illegal takeover of Getty Oil.
1999   The U.S. Senate fails to pass two articles of impeachment against President Bill Clinton. He had been accused of perjury and obstruction of justice by the House of Representatives.
Born on February 12
1768   Francis II, the last Holy Roman Emperor
1775   Louisa Adams, wife of John Quincy Adams
1809   Charles Darwin, naturalist and influential theorist of evolution (On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection).
1809   Abraham Lincoln, 16th U.S. President of the United State (1861-1865).
1828   George Meredith, English poet and novelist.
1857   Eugene Atget, French photographer, took over 10,000 photographs documenting Paris.
1874   Auguste Perret, French architect, pioneer in designs of reinforced concrete buildings.
1880   John L. Lewis, American labor leader.
1893   Omar Bradley, U.S. army general during World War II.

– See more at: http://www.historynet.com/today-in-history#sthash.tiHHQKz9.dpuf

Happy Birthday Mozart Week: Piano Concerto No.8 ‘Lützow’ in C major, (KV 246) , great compositions


Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Piano Concerto No.8 ‘Lützow’ in C major, (KV 246)

Ragtime: Scott Joplin – The Entertainer


Ragtime

Ragtime is a style of American piano music emphasizing syncopation and polyrhythm. Popular in the early 20th century, it was the first form of jazz to exert a wide appeal—thanks, in part, to Scott Joplin and Irving Berlin, its most celebrated composers and performers. In a ragtime composition, the pianist’s left hand keeps an accented beat while the right hand plays a fast, bouncing melody that gives the music its powerful forward impetus. What is the likely origin of the name “ragtime”? More… Discuss

Ragtime Piano : SCOTT JOPLIN . ” The Entertainer ” (1902)

George Gershwin – An American in Paris, (performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.), great compositions/performances


George Gershwin – An American in Paris

article: Porgy and Bess (Summertime with Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958)


Porgy and Bess

The folk opera Porgy and Bess is American composer George Gershwin’s most ambitious work. Controversial since its release in 1935 for its depiction of African Americans, it tells the story of Porgy, a crippled black man living in the slums of Charleston, South Carolina, and his attempts to rescue Bess from Crown, her pimp, and Sportin’ Life, a drug dealer. Which song from the show is one of the most popular cover songs ever, with an estimated 30,000 different versions recorded? More… Discuss

Summertime Miles Davis Porgy and Bess 1958

Holidays Concert at euzicasa: Rhapsody In Blue, by George Gershwin (great compositions/performances)


Rhapsody In Blue: Gershwin

Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic): make music part of your life series


Gershwin – Promenade (Los Angeles Philharmonic)

Sheng Cai plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Super Crazy version !!! ): great compositions/interpetations


Sheng Cai plays Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 (Super Crazy version !!! )

George Gershwin – I got rhythm: variations for piano and orchestra: make music part of your life series


George Gershwin – I got rhythm: variations for piano and orchestra

Wayne Marshall – Aalborg Symphony

what was that tune again?…Leroy Anderson’S The Typewriter (Voces para La Paz- La Paz Symphony Orchestra): make music part of your life series


Typewriter symphony Orchestra

The Typewriter, by Leroy Anderson

great compositions/performances: Hélène Grimaud plays Gershwin’s Piano Concerto in F


Gershwin : Piano Concerto (Hélène Grimaud)

George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
“Concerto In F For Piano & Orchestra”

I. Allegro (00:00)
II. Adagio (13:53)
III. Allegro agitato (25:45)

*** Hélène Grimaud, piano

*** David Zinman & Baltimore Symphony Orchestra

(Recorded on May 24 1997, at Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall, Baltimore, Unites States.)

make music part of your life series: George Gershwin – Cuban Overture


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George GershwinCuban Overture

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Born the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants into the vibrant life of Manhattan, George Gershwin created much of the twentieth century’s musical highlights, with an endless stream of hit shows. His fascination with classical music, and his fusion of many varied musical forms like jazz, blues and ragtime, brought us the likes of Porgy and Bess and Rhapsody in Blue.

Cuban Overture (running time : 11:16)
Courtesy goes to Richard Hayman and his Symphony Orchestra.

Gershwin’s Cuban Overture, described aptly as a “Rhumba” , was written in 1932. It is a lively evocation of the spirit of Cuba, bringing together the two sides of composer’s abilities, a synthesis of art, jazz and Latin America.

make music part of your life series: Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.


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Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.

 

make music part of your life series: Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013


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Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic, Feb 10, 2013

Lullaby for String Quartet, George Gershwin, Members of the LA Philharmonic: Mischa Lefkowitz, Violin, Minyoung Chang, Violin, Michael Larco, Viola, Jason Lippmann, Cello, Baxter Concert Series, Whittier, California, February 10, 2013

GREAT COMPOSITIONS/PERFORMANCES: George Gershwin – An American in Paris ( This was performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.)


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George GershwinAn American in Paris ( This was performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.)

An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. It is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions.
Gershwin composed the piece on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He also did the orchestration (he did not orchestrate his musicals). Gershwin scored An American in Paris for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Gershwin collaborated on the original program notes with the critic and composer Deems Taylor, noting that: “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.” When the tone poem moves into the blues, “our American friend … has succumbed to a spasm of homesickness.” But, “nostalgia is not a fatal disease.” The American visitor “once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life” and “the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant.”

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Make Music Part of Your Life Series: G. Gershwin – Walking the Dog (Promenade)



Julian Milkis – Clarinet, Mikhail Kopelmanviolin, Päivyt Meller – violin, Ulla Soinne – viola, Seppo Kimanen – cello.
Recorded at Sibelius Academy of Music on November 24, 2012 by 
ABG World, Video and Audio Production.

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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: NINA SIMONE (1933)


Nina Simone (1933)

After winning acclaim in 1959 with her recording of George Gershwin’sI Loves You, Porgy,” American singer-songwriter and pianist Nina Simone toured the US and Europe. She soon put her talents and newfound fame to work for the civil rights movement, writing and performing protest songs such as “Mississippi Goddam” and “To Be Young, Gifted and Black.” Dissatisfied with the treatment of African Americans in the US, the “High Priestess of Soul” expatriated herself in the 1970s. Where did she go?More… Discuss

 

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NEWS: FAMILY FINDS UNCLASSIFIED GIANT JELLYFISH


Family Finds Unclassified Giant Jellyfish

Jellyfish are frightening enough when they’re the size of a dinner plate, so imagine coming across one that is nearly as big across as a human adult is tall! A family walking on the beach in Tasmania last month found a 5-foot (1.5-meter) jellyfish that had washed ashore. Experts have yet to classify the species, which appears to be of the lion’s mane variety. These are not the largest jellyfish known to science. Cyanea arctica, which makes its home in the waters of the North Atlantic and the Arctic, can grow to be 10 feet (3 meters) across. More… Discuss

 

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TODAY’S HOLIDAY: ROYAL HOBART REGATTA


Royal Hobart Regatta

The Royal Hobart Regatta is an aquatic carnival that includes sailing, rowing, and swimming events, as well as fireworks and parades. It is a holiday in Tasmania, Australia, and is held on the Derwint River in early February during Australia’s summer seasonHobart is the capital of Tasmania, Australia’s southernmost state. A similar holiday in northern Tasmania is observed on the first Monday in November and is called Recreation Day. More… Discuss

 

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GREAT PERFORMANCES: Rhapsody in Blue – George Gershwin



Rhapsody in Blue, de George Gershwin. Interpretada por el genial Leonard Bernstein, al piano y la dirección.

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Great Performances: George Gershwin: An American In Paris / Gustavo Dudamel – Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra



Published on Jun 4, 2013
Gershwin An American In Paris Dudamel Gustavo Los Angeles Philharminic Orchestra

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
  
This article is about the 1928 George Gershwin music. For the 1951 musical starring Gene Kelly, see An American in Paris (film). For Christopher Wheeldon‘s 2005 ballet, see An American in Paris (ballet).

A theme from George Gershwin’s orchestral
composition An American in Paris

An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s and is one of his best-known compositions.

Gershwin composed An American in Paris on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He scored the piece for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celestasaxophones, and automobile horns. He brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Symphony. Gershwin completed the orchestration on November 18, less than four weeks before the work’s premiere.[1]

Gershwin collaborated on the original program notes with the critic and composer Deems Taylor, noting that: “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.” When the tone poem moves into the blues, “our American friend … has succumbed to a spasm of homesickness.” But, “nostalgia is not a fatal disease.” The American visitor “once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life” and “the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant.”
Gershwin based An American in Paris on a melodic fragment called “Very Parisienne”, written in 1926 on his first visit to Paris as a gift to his hosts, Robert and Mabel Schirmer. He described the piece as a “rhapsodic ballet” because it was written freely and is more modern than his previous works. Gershwin explained in Musical America, “My purpose here is to portray the impressions of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city, listens to the various street noises, and absorbs the French atmosphere.”

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Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.


Promenade. (Walking the dog). George Gershwin.

 

Miles Davis – Sketches of Spain (full album)



Concierto de Aranjuez 00:00
Will O’The Wisp 16:25
The Pan Piper 20:14
Saeta 24:10
Solea 29:17

George Gershwin – An American in Paris



This was performed in 1959 by the New York Philharmonic, conducted by Leonard Bernstein.

An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. It is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions.
Gershwin composed the piece on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He also did the orchestration (he did not orchestrate his musicals). Gershwin scored An American in Paris for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic.
Gershwin collaborated on the original program notes with the critic and composer Deems Taylor, noting that: “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor in Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the French atmosphere.” When the tone poem moves into the blues, “our American friend … has succumbed to a spasm of homesickness.” But, “nostalgia is not a fatal disease.” The American visitor “once again is an alert spectator of Parisian life” and “the street noises and French atmosphere are triumphant.”

 

“Strike Up the Band” by George Gershwin performed by Leon Bates



Strike Up the Band” by George Gershwin, arr. Bates. Performed live in recital by Leon Bates, 2009.

 

Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)



Maurice Ravel Piano Concerto in G (Leonard Bernstein)

 

Strike Up The Band / TEIKYO JAZZ ORCHESTRA(George Gershwin)



Performed on Christmas charity concert in Tokyo, 14, December. 2012.
By Teikyo Jazz Orchestra(TJO) “Swinging Honey Bees” Jr.(1st year students)
Comp. by George Gershwin
(Rec. on Linear PCM 16bit, 44.1kHz)

George Gershwin – Rhapsody in Blue



Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band written in 1924, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. 

Commissioned by bandleader Paul Whiteman, the piece received its premiere in a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on February 12, 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano.

Conductor: Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra
Orchestra: Richard Hayman
Piano: Kathryn Selby

 

Someone to Watch Over Me (Gershwin-Turrin) – Piano/Vocal


 

An American In Paris (1951): Concert for Piano In F major


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 Based on compositions by George GershwinAn American In Paris, has entertained millions, thru great performances, dancers and singers.  In this scene pianist Oscar Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreams about his performing 3rd Movement (Allegro Agitato) from Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major“, one of the best concerts ever composed, in a unique jazzy style, as colorful as the entire spectrum of the rainbow. 1951-2011, 60 years have passed and this music still “kicks”: It is a classic, by all means, a classic. Read more about the it at:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/An_American_in_Paris_(film), and then may be you’ll enjoy singing in the rain for a little while.