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Canfield: Rhapsody after Gershwin (violin/piano)
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Rhapsody after Gershwin for Violin and Orchestra by
David DeBoor Canfield. This item (JP9019) listed on this web
page is a piano reduction of the accompaniment.
The complete orchestra set is also available. See a link
for JP6037 below.
Rather than write a work in slavish imitation of the
great American tunesmith, George Gershwin, Canfield
elected to engage in a bit of speculation and so
attempted to write something that Gershwin might have
conceivably written had he lived another ten or so
years. This allowed Canfield to take a slightly more
"concert hall" approach to the piece, especially in its
harmonic treatment and somewhat more serious tone. The
opening, for instance, is in a minor key. This approach
also allowed him the luxury of leaving in those sections
that perhaps sound more like Canfield than Gershwin.
After all, who can say what Gershwin might have done if
he'd lived to the age of 70? Regardless, the piece is
structured along the lines of Gershwin's Rhapsody, and
like that seminal work, is essentially a sequence of
tunes with relatively little development of them.
Criticism leveled against Rhapsody in Blue for this
alleged defect seems not to have hurt its popularity in
the least, and so Canfield hopes that the tunes that he
has employed herein will help carry the day as well.
Total duration: 18:54.
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This work has been recorded on Toccata Classics
(TOCC 0346) with Rachel Patrick, violin, and Sinfonia
Varsovia, Ian Hopson, conductor. The complete rhapsody
may be heard online at the following link:
Canfield: Rhapsody after Gershwin
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Canfield: Rhapsody after Gershwin (violin/orchestra)