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George Gershwin and the Parisian Taxi Horns

Thanks to Brian Lauritzen of KUSC for today’s Cultural Trivia!

His show revealed that George Gershwin purchased taxi cab horns in Paris to produce the effect of bustling city streets for American in Paris. The taxi horns were used in the New York premiere of the piece at Carnegie Hall in 1928 with the New York Philharmonic. Since then, orchestras have often rented taxi horns to perform the piece. If you listen to it again, you will be sure to hear the unmistakable honk!

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Posted by on December 30th, 2018

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