Audio samples for I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin
Information about the piece
I Got Rhythm is an iconic jazz standard written by American composer, George Gershwin. Written in 1930, it was introduced to the world as part of the two-act musical Girl Crazy. The song, in its inception, served as a show-stopping number in the Broadway musical Girl Crazy. It was performed by Ethel Merman and subsequently became a major chart-topping hit. It was originally a slow, melancholic tune, but was reimagined as a lively and upbeat song that meshed well with Merman's powerful, belting voice.
In terms of musical theory, I Got Rhythm follows an AABA structure, often associated with jazz and pop music of the 20th century. Other key features:
- The melody incorporates the pentatonic scale.
- Harmonically, the song uses extended chords common in jazz music.
- This song is fast!
- Each A section is a standard 8-bar progression, whereas the B section, typically known as the 'bridge' or 'release', is also 8 bars.
- Notable artists like Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, Django Reinhardt, and many more created unique interpretations
From its beginnings as a Broadway hit to its lasting impact on the world of jazz improvisation, I Got Rhythm has proven to be a key piece of musical history. Perfect for any piano player who enjoys a good swing, it's a must-learn. We offer an intermediate version of the sheet music for purchase and download. Let the legacy of Gershwin's I Got Rhythm become a part of your musical journey.
Sheet music information
- Ragtime & Swing
- Piano Solo
All arrangements of I Got Rhythm by George Gershwin
|George Gershwin||Piano Solo||B-flat Major||4||57/100 (Advanced)||€3.90|
|George Gershwin||Piano Solo||C Major||2||38/100 (Ambitious)||€3.90|
|Gene Kelly||Leadsheet||B-flat Major||3||50/100 (Ambitious)||€3.90|
|George Gershwin||Piano Solo||B-flat Major||3||54/100 (Ambitious)||€3.90|
|Gene Kelly||Accompaniment||G Major||3||59/100 (Advanced)||€3.90|
|George Gershwin||Piano Solo||B-flat Major||8||65/100 (Advanced)||€3.90|
|George Gershwin||Piano Solo||D-flat Major||4||65/100 (Advanced)||€3.90|