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Klarinet Archive - Posting 000166.txt from 2000/09

From: (William Wright)
Subj: Re: [kl] Too Bad for Schoenberg
Date: Tue, 5 Sep 2000 14:45:13 -0400

<><> Dan wrote:
"It's Gershwin, and, so the story goes, [snip] Gershwin showed
Schoenberg the ending of his Rhapsodie in Blue and Schoenberg liked it
so much, he emulated it as the ending of Op. 43a to give honor to

By purest coincidence (truly), I happened to listen to the original
cast recording of Porgy & Bess this morning. Towards the end of the
show, there is a phrase or two that matches either the Rhapsodie in Blue
theme or the American in Paris theme -- I can't remember which now, but
it's unmistakable. I don't know which was written first.
Since I don't own any Schoenberg, I don't know whether this
'favored melody' of Gershwin's is the same one that you're describing.


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