Rhapsody and Rhapsodists – what’s the meaning?


A definition by Emil Brandenburger, RhapsodyReporter 2013 (12 years old)

“Didicoy musicians and poets in ancient Greece were named Rhapsodists and they traveled from place to place to present and sing their songs. They still exist today but now play instruments, such as violins, trumpets or clarinets. And now you can imagine what RHAPSODY IN SCHOOL means. Musicians who travel from one school to the next.”


Originally Rhapsodies were epic poetries professionally performed by didicoy poets and musicians in acient Greece. Today Rhapsodies are instrumental and vocal works of music. Their characteristic traits include informal pieces of music which are not held together by a specific musical structure. Composers such as Johannes Brahms, Claude Debussy, Maurice Ravel, George Gershwin, George Enescu, Anton Dvořák, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Franz Liszt published so called Rhapsodies.

Here some examples:

1.Franz Liszt (1811 – 1886)
Ungarische Rhapsodie No.14 in f-moll 12:48

2. Franz Liszt
Rhapsodie espagnole 14:16

3. August Stradal (1860 – 1930)
Ungarische Rhapsodie 19:49

4. Isaac Albeniz (1860 – 1909)
Rapsodia espanola 14:38

5. George Gershwin (1898 – 1937)
Rhapsody in Blue 17:03