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Rhapsody in Blue - string octet / string orchestra

George Gershwin
Year of composition
Year of arrangement
Difficult (Grades 7+)
6 minutes
Classical music
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This is a string octet arrangement of Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue. It features many instruments at various points and is exciting and challenging to play across the whole group. It has been performed many times and is an impressive concert item.

This arrangement will work with a larger string orchestra as well by simply doubling up the parts. There are also optional parts provided for glock, drum kit and timpani.

The first 2 or 3 bars will need to be rehearsed in order to make the trill, 2 glissandi and then the top B flat as smooth as possible - it should sound like one instrument.

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