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Exploring the often surprising links between concepts, themes and people in classical music, from medieval to modern
Saturday, 4 p.m. – 5 p.m.Rebroadcast Sunday, 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.on Music Station
New York 1928: Oskar Fried, Éva Gauthier, Ravel at piano, Manoah Leide-Tedesco, George Gershwin.
When George Gershwin met Maurice Ravel in New York in 1928, he asked about studying with the French composer.
Ravel reportedly replied, 'Why would you want to be a second-rate Ravel when you can be a first-rate Gershwin?'
The story may be apocryphal, but after Ravel's American tour and Gershwin’s visit to Paris, the two did form a mutual admiration society. Gershwin was drawn to French music, just as Ravel was drawn to American jazz—and Gershwin’s mid-1920s works, Rhapsody in Blue and the Piano Concerto in F.
In this hour, the fascinating links between these two composers, and their music.
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