Rhapsody in Blue is a 1924 musical composition written by George Gershwin for solo piano and jazz band, which combines elements of classical music with jazz-influenced effects. It is one of Gershwin's most recognizable compositions and it helped define the Jazz Age of the 1920s."Rhapsody in Blue" has evolved to become the quintessential American song.
In 1976,I attended a 4th of July ceremony on the Independence Mall in Washington DC to celebrate the USA's 200th anniversary.Close to a million people had assembled on a hot and steamy night to listen to various artists perform for the Independence celebration. At midnight, the French Government sponsored a fireworks display as a bicentennial birthday gift to the USA. The air was filled with colorful bursts of fireworks as "Rhapsody in Blue" blasted out loud and clear from the loud speakers, with the explosions in the sky perfectly synchronized with the music.