Rhapsody in blue

(
1924
)
Composer: George Gershwin
Saxophone quartet and piano (solo) or saxophone quartet (solo) and orchestra

For piano and saxophone quartet (arr. Johann van der Linden)
For saxophone quartet and orchestra (arr. Simon Bertrand)

Rhapsody in Blue is a musical composition by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band written in 1924, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. The composition was orchestrated by Ferde Grofé three times, in 1924, in 1926, and finally in 1942. The piece received its premiere in a concert entitled An Experiment in Modern Music, which was held on 12 February 1924, in Aeolian Hall, New York, by Paul Whiteman and his band with Gershwin playing the piano. In the version for piano and symphony orchestra made by Ferde Grofé in 1942, it has become one of the most popular American concert works.

As the most famous classical composition by Gershwin, it established his reputation as a serious composer.