Rhapsody In Blue
George Gershwin, arranged by Jesse Crawford,
reprint of the 1927 Harms edition.
This is a new printing on sturdy, acid-free paper. 16 pages. All markings are original. Included are photos, a capsule
biography of Gershwin and an exclusive article on Crawford and the Rhapsody by Dr John Landon, Crawford's biographer. Highest
quality guaranteed. Size of music is 9.5" x 12.5"
This Is Newly Printed Music
was already riding the crest of fame as a theatre
organist in 1927 when he released his arrangement of Rhapsody In Blue
the organ. Born in California in 1895, he grew up in an orphanage where one day
he picked up a trumpet and blew a few notes. From trumpet, Crawford moved to
the piano. He found and tried a theatre organ and began spending all of his spare
time practicing and teaching himself to play it. He is best known for
his tenure at on the Wurlitzer pipe organ at the Paramount Theatre in New York
George Gershwin (1898–1937)
was born in Brooklyn, New York, of Russian Jewish parents. Music in various
forms was the most important part of his short life. He wrote many songs
and shows, many of which are still popular today. Although Gershwin had a
great interest in classical music and attended concerts by noted artists,
especially pianists, astsoundingly he had no formal training in composition.
Crawford's arrangement was crafted for an organ likely to be found in the
typical theatre or auditorium. Although his recording,
which you may hear below, was made on a IV/36 Wurlitzer organ, the written
arrangement was designed for the more often found two-manual variety. This
is a true theatre organ arrangement, and it uses the terminology of that instrument.
This moderately difficult to difficult arrangement contains the best known themes
in the Rhapsody. You need the dexterity to play the runs (remember the clarinet
solo at the beginning?) and some three and four note chords in quick succession.