Almost 100 years ago George Gershwin was hard at work writing Rhapsody in Blue, as Gershwin later told his biographer,
"it was on the train, with its steely rhythms, its rattle-ty bang, that is so often so stimulating to a composer.... I frequently hear music in the very heart of the noise. And there I suddenly heard—and even saw on paper—the complete construction of the rhapsody, from beginning to end."
It’s been re-scored many times including by Gordon Goodwin for his own Big Phat Band, which is where Chad Shoopman leading the trumpet section would have heard it, before making his own ambitious version for brass band which I'm featuring in this episode. It's quite brilliant!
I first encountered the music of Geronimo Gimenez on a memorable balmy summer night in Spain, where I heard The Intermezzo from his Zarzuela, titled The Wedding of Louis Alonso and I’ve loved it ever since. Hear why in this latest edition of my free podcast.