Gershwin, An American in Paris

Leonard Bernstein and George Gershwin - two musicians inseparably linked
with America - form an exuberant and stimulating combination in this
program with the New York Philharmonic. Gershwin was one of the American
composers Bernstein revered the most and one who, along with Mahler,
Copland and Blitzstein, exerted a great influence on him as a composer. For
his senior thesis at Harvard University, for example, Bernstein set out to
show that Gershwin and Copland had created a national musical style by
responding creatively to jazz and Latin-American influences. And when his
musical "On the Town" was premiered in 1944, one critic described it as "an
energetic blend of Stravinsky and Gershwin." If anyone could do justice to
Gershwin's spirited, swinging style, it was unquestionably Leonard

Composer: George Gershwin
Title: Gershwin, An American in Paris
Conductor: Leonard Bernstein
Orchestra: New York Philharmonic
Video Director: Derek Bailey
Genre: Concert
Length: 22 minutes
Cat.No.: A05501070
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