Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition by the American composer George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, used by Woody Allen for the opening of his movie, Manhattan.
Rhapsody in Blue – Yuja Wang
Gershwin’s score combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. The composition was commissioned by the bandleader Paul Whiteman. It was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé several times, including the original 1924 scoring, the 1926 “theater orchestra” setting, and the 1942 symphony orchestra scoring, though completed earlier.
Rhapsody in Blue – Gary Graffman
In Woody Allen’s movie, Rhapsody in Blue is played by Gary Graffman who was Yuja Wang’s teacher during five years at the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia,
Isaac Davis: Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion. Eh uh, no, make that he, he romanticized it all out of proportion. Better. To him, no matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin. Uh, no, let me start this over.