George Gershwin Artsource Unit
Variations for Piano and Orchestra: I Got Rhythm
Celebrated American composer George Gershwin gave the world a large collection of enduring music. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, he “created a new type of urban American music.” In 1934 he revived his famous song, I Got Rhythm in Variations for Piano and Orchestra: I Got Rhythm, which is featured in this unit. His entertaining romp for piano and orchestra is delightful and inspires lessons based on theme and variation in the everyday environment, creating variations on a familiar song, repetition in melody and an historical review of famous composers who wrote for the American Musical Theater. The main theme throughout is Transformation.
Listen to archival audio for Variations for Piano and Orchestra: I Got Rhythm introduced and played by George Gershwin:
Audio courtesy of the Gershwin Estate, Warner Chappell Music, Inc., and Musical Heritage Society.
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