<i>Delicious</i> and the <i>Second Rhapsody</i> (1931)

Howard Pollack

in George Gershwin

Published by University of California Press

Published in print January 2007 | ISBN: 9780520248649
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933149 | DOI:
Delicious and the Second Rhapsody (1931)

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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

Chapter.  7171 words. 

Subjects: American Music

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