Saturday, February 24, 2018

Gershwin Explained Like You Have Never Heard Before

My big brother Sandy, a great American, found this awesome video of Dr. Astrith Baltsan, virtuoso classical pianist, narrator and musicologist from Israel, explaining in a short but brilliant way the music of George Gershwin [who she informs was born Jacob Gershowitz].

George Gershwin [1898 - 1937]
I know Dr. Baltsan's students must feel blessed to have such a great teacher as this.  Here she performs with the Israel Philharmonic.  In this video she explains how Gershwin's love of music of different cultures was brilliantly combined in what is undoubtedly George Gershwin's most popular piece, Rhapsody in Blue.

Now enjoy the complete Rhapsody in Blue by George Gershwin:

George Gershwin: An American in Paris

George Gershwin: "I've Got Rhythm" for solo piano from the musical Girl Crazy

George Gershwin: "Summertime" from the opera Porgy and Bess, Ella Fitzgerald singer:


Pamela said...

Fascinating and very interesting. Thank you Michael.

Big Mike said...

you're welcome pamela!

Francine said...

Loved this!

Big Mike said...

Thanks Francine.

Anonymous said...

Wow, Mike! Thanks so much for this!!!!! I've always loved Gershwin, and this explanation makes it so much better!


Big Mike said...

Thanks big Dave! You're welcome.