An American in Paris
Gershwin: An American In Parisseason episode
Roaring traffic, car horns, the footsteps of a traveller But what might it sound like today as imagined by a Key Stage 2 class? We hope that working in a creative, hands-on way will encourage your children to understand and enjoy the music the LPO performs, and this in turn can enliven your music lessons. Please feel free to adapt the ideas below to suit the resources you have and the needs of your children. Gershwin was so desperate to be seen as an orchestral composer that he travelled to Paris to take lessons with the great composer Maurice Ravel. The two men became friends but Ravel stated that he could not teach Gershwin — he thought him too accomplished already.
An American in Paris is a jazz-influenced orchestral piece by American composer George Gershwin first performed in It was inspired by the time that Gershwin had spent in Paris and evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the s. Walter Damrosch had asked Gershwin to write a full concerto following the success of Rhapsody in Blue He brought back four Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, , in Carnegie Hall , with Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic. Although the story is likely apocryphal,  Gershwin is said to have been attracted by Maurice Ravel 's unusual chords, and Gershwin went on his first trip to Paris in ready to study with Ravel.
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