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We've borrowed our title from the 1941 jazz standard, but what is a rhapsody? With regards to music, Grove defines a rhapsody as "an episodic instrumental composition of indefinite form." The word originates in the epic poetry of Ancient Greece, although the musical origins are traced back only as far as humble ballads in 18th century Hausmusik. Rhapsodies came to be based on popular and folk melodies, and composers in the 19th century began writing Rhapsodies for chamber music and large-scale nationalistic orchestral epics.

There are Hungarian Rhapsodies, Slavonic Rhapsodies, Blue Rhapsodies, Rhapsodies of Fire, and Bohemian Rhapsodies. Spend a week with us as Bill riffs on rhapsodies, and together we'll explore what it is about this "indefinite form" that has attracted composers from around the world and across the centuries.

 
Program 1

Holst, Gustav: A Somerset Rhapsody 
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Norman Del Mar
EMI Seraphim 73733
9:40
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Dvořák, Antonin: Rhapsody in A Minor Op.14
Slovak Philharmonic Orchestra/Libor Pešek
Naxos 8550610   
17:37 
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Brahms, Johannes: Four Piano Pieces, Op. 119; Rhapsodie in E-flat Major, Op. 119, No. 4
Murray Perahia, piano
Sony 779469
5:23
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Bartok, Bela: Rhapsody No. 1 for Violin and Piano
Joseph Szigeti, Béla Bartók 
Vanguard 1583
9:15
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Liszt, Franz: Hungarian Rhapsody #6 In D Flat, S 244
Martha Argerich, piano
DG 437252
6:26
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Program 2

Turina, Joaquín: Rapsodia Sinfonica
Alicia de Larrocha; London Philharmonic Orchestra/Rafael Fruhbeck de 
Burgos
Decca 410289
18:04
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Albéniz, Isaac: Rapsodia Española
Orch. Cristobel Halffter/Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos
Decca 410289
9:07
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Liszt, Franz: Rhapsodie Espagnole, S 254
Stephen Hough, piano
Chabrier, Emmanuel: España
Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert Von Karajan
Virgin Classics 61129
6:02
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Program 3

Dohnányi, Ernö: Rhapsody in f sharp, Op 11, No 3 
Balint Vazsonyi
5:57
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MacKenzie, Alexander: Scotch Rhapsody #2, Op. 24 - “I Coft A 
Stane O' Haslock Woo”

Martyn Brabbins: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Helios 55395
5:02
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Mackenzie, Alexander: Scotch Rhapsody #2, Op. 24 - “She's Faire & Fause” 
Martyn Brabbins: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Helios 55395
5:27
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Hovhaness, Alan: Armenian Rhapsody #3, Op. 189 
Alan Hovhaness: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Crystal 804
5:43 
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Poulenc, Francis: Rapsodie Nègre - 1. Prélude, 4. Pastorale 
Anne Sofie Von Otter; Bengt Forsberg, piano 
DG 447752
2:14, 1:52
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Bloch, Ernest: Schelomo (Hebraic Rhapsody For Solo Cello & Large Orchestra) 
Yo-Yo Ma; Miguel Harth-Bedoya: Chicago Symphony Orchestra
CSO Resound 901801
22:44
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Program 4

Ravel, Maurice: Rapsodie Espagnole 
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra/Claudio Abbado
DG 457583
15:53
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Paganini, Niccolò: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor: Tema con Variazioni 
(Quasi Presto)

Michael Rabin 
4:41
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Rachmaninov, Sergei: Rhapsody On A Theme Of Paganini, Op. 43 - 
Introduction

Sergei Rachmaninov
RCA  61658
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Enescu, Georges: First Romanian Rhapsody
Leopold Stokowski 
RCA 67903 
11:42 
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Paganini, Niccolò: Caprice No. 24 in A Minor - Tema con 
Variazioni (Quasi Presto)

Michael Rabin
4:41
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Program 5

Debussy, Claude: Première Rhapsodie: Rêveusement Lent
Franklin Cohen, Pierre Boulez & Cleveland Orchestra 
DG 439896
8:33
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Vaughan Williams, Ralph: Norfolk Rhapsody #1
London Philharmonic Orchestra/Bernard Haitink
Chandos 9775
11:36
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Liszt, Franz: Hungarian Rhapsodies S. 244: No. 11 in A Minor
Gyorgy Cziffra 
Warner Classics 27180
5:10
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Gershwin, George: Rhapsody In Blue 
Columbia Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein
CBS 37242
16:31
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Mercury, Freddie: Bohemian Rhapsody 
Queen
5:55

Dick Gasparre, George Fragos & Jack Baker: I Hear a Rhapsody
Bill Evans & Jim Hall 
4:40
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