"Success with the two piano arrangement of the 'Rhapsody in Blue'"

Gershwin, George, American composer and pianist (1898-1937). Typed letter signed.

New York, 4. VIII. 1930.

4to. ¾ p. Together with a portrait photograph (204 x 252 mm).


To Byron H. Collins, sales manager at Steinway & Sons and an amateur pianist, concerning a two-piano arrangement of "Rhapsody in Blue" and other arrangements for two pianos: "I am very glad to know that you are having success with the two piano arrangement of the 'Rhapsody in Blue'. Unfortunately the list of two piano compositions is very limited. The only other of my compositions which is published for two pianos is my 'Concerto in F' - the second piano of course plays a reduced version of the orchestra part. If I should write anything for two pianos in the near future I shall be very glad to let you know about it".

Composed in 1924, "Rhapsody in Blue" was Gershwin's first major work and remains his most famous composition. The "Concerto in F" mentioned in the letter followed in 1925.

The charming portrait photograph depicts Gershwin seated at the piano.

On stationery with printed letterhead. Traces of folds. With three minor tears to the margins, minimally stained, and lightly stained due to former framing.

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