Fascinating Rhythm (arr Taylor)

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George Gershwin

George Gershwin (arr. Norman Taylor)

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General Info

Year: 1924 / 1961 / 2006
Duration: c. 2:15
Difficulty: III+ (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Editions Marc Reift
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - CHF135.00


Full Score
Oboe (optional)
Bassoon (optional)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet (optional)
B-flat Soprano Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone (optional)
E-flat Trumpet/Cornet I-II-III (optional)
B-flat Trumpet/Cornet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
Keyboard/Guitar/Bass Guitar (optional)

(percussion detail desired)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Fascinating Rhythm is a popular song written by George Gershwin in 1924 with lyrics by Ira Gershwin. It was first introduced by Cliff Edwards, Fred Astaire and Adele Astaire in the Broadway musical Lady Be Good. The Astaires also recorded the song on April 19, 1926, in London with George Gershwin on the piano.

Fascinating Rhythm inspired the 1974 Deep Purple song Burn. In 2012 a version by Hawaiian steel guitarist Sol Hoʻopiʻi was added to the Library of Congress's National Recording Registry list of "culturally, historically, or aesthetically important" American sound recordings.

- Program Note from Wikipedia

From his meager start as a “song plugger” for a Tin Pan Alley music publishing firm, George Gershwin became one of the greatest songwriters of all time. He was assisted by his brother, Ira, who wrote nearly all the lyrics for his songs. The song “Fascinating Rhythm” is from the 1924 Broadway musical Lady be Good, which featured Broadway greats Cliff Edwards, Fred Astaire, and Adele Astaire. The Astaires also recorded this song in London with Gershwin at the piano.

- Program Note from United States Marine Band concert program, 6 June 2019


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  • Golden Gate Park Band (San Francisco, Calif.) (Craig McKenzie, conductor) - 2 July 2023

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