Rhapsody In Blue by George Gershwin
8” x 10” WATERCOLOUR ON PAPER, 2018
The piano moves through a variety of colours throughout the song staring on the top left and moving through the piece. The mid-range and lower notes as at the beginning and returning through the piece are bright blues. The lowest notes are dark blue on the chords as heard at 1.11 and create textured lows through the music. Stronger, more vibrant low chords appear as purple. The highest notes are light blue as at 2.03. The wildness of these highs as heard from 2.13 create hints of green. The clearer highs as at 2.55 are yellow notes within the blue. Strong mid-range and high notes including the distinctive melody as at 3.35, for example, are magenta. These colours repeat and come through in various combinations creating distinct sections to the song.
This piece is one of a kind and was commissioned for someone special. While the paint may fall differently on the paper, future interpretations of this song will capture the same colours and moments as heard in the song.