The Music Plays On — Gershwin An American in Paris

After the premiere of Rhapsody in Blue in 1924, George Gershwin was intent mastering the art of composition. In 1926, Gershwin went to Paris to study with Ravel and, upon hearing Gershwin’s audition, proclaimed he had nothing to teach him and they proceeded to share musical ideas as peers. Ravel exclaimed, “Why be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?” During this trip, Gershwin…

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