Ryan Raul Bañagale

in Arranging Gershwin

Published in print October 2014 | ISBN: 9780199978373
Published online November 2014 | e-ISBN: 9780190201418 | DOI:

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This introduction considers various ways that musical and biographical arrangements participate in the assemblage of music history, tempering the mythmaking that typically accompanies such constructions of the past and serving as historiographies in their own right. Using examples from film and the opening ceremonies of the 1984 Olympic Games, the traditional narrative of Rhapsody in Blue as a sonic manifestation of the American Dream is connected to aspects of Gershwin’s biography, setting the stage for a reevaluation of both in the chapters that follow.

Keywords: musical arrangements; biographical arrangements; mythmaking; historiography; Olympics

Chapter.  4765 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: American Music ; Musicology and Music History

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