Saturday, April 12, 2014

George Gershwin 's "Rhapsody in Blue" in Neil deGrasse Tyson "Cosmos"

For some reason, the descriptive video service audio channel recorded thru the program, describing "psychedelic" colors schemes accompanying George Gershwin's "Rhapsody in Blue" (for people who weren't band nerds and didn't catch the musical reference).

For some reason this video doesn't embed in blogger but can play on youtube's website, so if you want to see the clip here's the link to "Rhapsody In Blue" for Cosmos.

And if all else fails, here's a kludgy cell phone video with bad audio:

At the end of "Cosmos : A Spacetime Odyssey Episode 5" host Neil deGrasse Tyson explains how just relying on astronomical data from the visible wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum would be similar to only listening to music composed in one octave, since there are more waves that extend beyond the ROYGBIV rainbow (IR on one end, and UV on the other). From NASA's education outreach page "What Wavelength Goes With a Color?"

 Thus making the tweet either a witting or unwitting pun:

An unadulterated and unabridged "Rhapsody in Blue"

Don't know why nobody has been inspired to extrapolate and compose a multicolor ROYGBIV Rhapsody.  Doubt they'll face the same problem poor Colin Matthews did who extended Holst "Planets" from BBC News Thursday, 16 March, 2000 "Pluto joins Holst's Planets"


only to have his inert inspiration demoted to a planetoid a few years later, from  "Guardian" article "Can you have a Planets suite without Pluto?"

It's very unlikely the rainbow will be demoted from the visible wavelength spectrum.

Of course, hippy dippy Jerry Garcia came up with "Rhapsody in Red":

and Japanese Jinguji Ren have "Rhapsody in Orange"

There doesn't seem to be a composition "Rhapsody in Yellow" but background music (noise) for a documentary by that name:

A Green Rhapsody:

An Indigo Rhapsody from what sounds like it should've been in the soundtrack of some 1980s John Hughes' high school flick:

Couldn't find a composition named "Violet Rhapsody" but apparently, there's an indie band by that name:

and, finally, Glenn Miller already wrote a "Rainbow Rhapsody":

However, there seems to be room for both an infrared and ultraviolet  rhapsody. Of course, future composers can follow the example of Rodgers and Hammerstein who wrote "Shall We Dance" for "The King and I":

after George and Ira Gershwin already wrote a song of the same title for the Astaire and Rogers' film "Shall We Dance?" and write  another compositions called "Rainbow Rhapsody" even though Glenn Miller beat them to the punch.

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