From the back of the album: The work was given its premierre under Walter Damrosch at Carnegie Hall, December 13, 1928. Leonard Bernstien Rhapsody in Blue An American in Paris was delightful and a vintage gem.
Not my fav but lovely none the less. My sweety’s review? “It’s standard, so we’ll keep it”. No big deal. lol. “My purpose here is to portray the impression of an American visitor to Paris as he strolls about the city and listens to various street noises and absorbs the french atmosphere.” I haven’t been to Paris YET (nudge nudges to husband*) but we have much better records that portray just that. Paris After Midnight posted near Valentine’s day this year, was one.
An American in Paris is a symphonic tone poem by the American composer George Gershwin, written in 1928. Inspired by the time Gershwin had spent in Paris, it evokes the sights and energy of the French capital in the 1920s. It is one of Gershwin’s best-known compositions.
Gershwin composed the piece on commission from the New York Philharmonic. He also did the orchestration (he did not orchestrate his musicals). Gershwin scored An American in Paris for the standard instruments of the symphony orchestra plus celesta, saxophones, and automobile horns. Gershwin brought back some Parisian taxi horns for the New York premiere of the composition, which took place on December 13, 1928 in Carnegie Hall, with Walter Damrosch conducting the New York Philharmonic.