George Gershwin was a perhaps one of the most talented and prolific composers the United States has ever seen. In his relatively short life, he composed a number of symphonic pieces, an opera, and many pop-style songs, many of which featured lyrics written by his brother Ira. George's work has a style that speaks to his time, a time of prosperity and progress. Rhapsody in Blue is arguably his most famous piece with it's energetic allegros and sweeping melody. It's very lyrical and imaginative, something particularly engaging for a creative thinker. This is why I chose the piece for this installment of Idea Seeds.
Disney incorporated the piece into its second Fantasia collection and did an amazing job capturing what many of us imagine when we hear the music. Today, if you have a moment, find a recording of Rhapsody in Blue and listen. Close your eyes and let your mind take you on an amazing journey.
© Rachael Sinclair 2010