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Professor Banagale's Book Featured in Concert Review

Assistant Music Professor Ryan Bañagale's new book, "Arranging Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue and the Creation of an American Icon," was featured prominently in a recent story headlined "Gershwin's evolving 'Rhapsody'" in The Boston Globe. Writing about a Boston Chamber Music Society concert that included George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue," the reporter, Matthew Guerrieri, delved into the history of the iconic piece - and relied heavily on Bañagale's book. Writes Guerrieri, "one distinctive aspect of "Rhapsody in Blue" is the impossibility of definitively pinning it down," a main tenet of Bañagale's book.

Guerrieri also notes that in addition to looking at the history of the piece, Bañagale, a 2000 graduate of Colorado College, goes on to survey the work's mutable adapted afterlife: interpretations by Hollywood and Leonard Bernstein, arrangements by Duke Ellington and for harmonica player Larry Adler, and appropriations by Woody Allen and United Airlines. "Arranging Gershwin" was published in fall 2014 by Oxford University Press.

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