Conducted by Giedrė Šlekytė, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs performs George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem (or tone poem) An American in Paris. This performance was recorded at the hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt on October 6, 2023.

Conducted by Giedrė Šlekytė, the hr-Sinfonieorchester (Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra) performs performs George Gershwin’s jazz-influenced symphonic poem (or tone poem) An American in Paris. This performance was recorded at the hr-Sendesaal Frankfurt on October 6, 2023.

George Gershwin’s An American in Paris

George Gershwin’s “An American in Paris” is a symphonic poem that premiered on December 13, 1928, by the New York Philharmonic. Inspired by Gershwin’s time in Paris, the piece paints a vivid musical picture of an American visitor experiencing the city’s vibrant atmosphere. Gershwin sought to capture the sights and sounds of Paris, incorporating elements such as French taxi horns, bustling streets, and the lively mood of the city.

The composition begins with an energetic and bustling theme, reflecting the excitement and hustle of Parisian streets. This is followed by a bluesy section, suggesting a moment of homesickness for the American traveler. Throughout the piece, Gershwin skillfully blends classical music with jazz influences, creating a unique and engaging sound that was innovative for its time.

The piece is characterized by its rich orchestration and rhythmic vitality, showcasing Gershwin’s ability to merge different musical styles seamlessly. The piece moves through various moods and themes, from joyous and light-hearted to reflective and nostalgic. The use of jazz idioms within a classical framework was a hallmark of Gershwin’s style, and this work exemplifies his talent for bridging these two worlds.

The composition ends on a triumphant note, with the American finding his place amidst the vibrancy of Paris. “An American in Paris” remains one of Gershwin’s most popular and frequently performed works, celebrated for its vivid portrayal of the city and its innovative fusion of musical genres. The piece has also enjoyed enduring popularity beyond the concert hall, notably being adapted into a successful film and Broadway musical, further cementing its place in the canon of American music.

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