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George GershwinHis Life and Work$
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Howard Pollack

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780520248649

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520248649.001.0001

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Delicious and the Second Rhapsody (1931)

Delicious and the Second Rhapsody (1931)

(p.482) Chapter Twenty-Six Delicious and the Second Rhapsody (1931)
George Gershwin

Howard Pollack

University of California Press

On April 10, 1930, the Gershwins signed with Fox Studios to write a musical for which George would receive $70,000 and Ira $30,000. George Gershwin's most demanding task was to compose a piece for piano and orchestra, the “New York Rhapsody,” that would serve as the background music for the film's climactic sequence. The reviews on Delicious widely regarded the picture as family entertainment in keeping with the season. Critical opinion itself proved mixed, particularly with regard to the music. Meanwhile, the Second Rhapsody conveniently satisfied a request by conductor Serge Koussevitzky for a new work to perform with the Boston Symphony Orchestra. If the Second Rhapsody has attained heightened prominence in recent years, it still remains disappointingly unfamiliar in the context of Gershwin's most ambitious instrumental works.

Keywords:   musical films, Fox Studios, New York Rhapsody, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, Serge Koussevitzky, Boston Symphony Orchestra

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