Remembering Rhapsody in Blue, from the March 1925 Issue of Vanity Fair.
“It was at this rehearsal that Gershwin informed me … in a rather off-hand manner, that he had decided to compose a concerto in fantasia form for piano and jazz band which he proposed to call Rhapsody in Blue [to premiere] about four weeks [later]. At the second rehearsal Gershwin played the Rhapsody twice with the band on a very bad piano. Nevertheless, after hearing that rehearsal I never entertained a single doubt but that this young man of twenty-five … had written the very finest piece of serious music that had ever come out of America; moreover that he had composed the most effective concerto for piano that anybody had written since Tchaikovsky’s B flat minor.” –Carl Van Vechten, “George Gershwin,” March 1925
The great renaissance of animation (Beauty and the Beast, Toy Story, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Ratatouille, etc.) has come almost entirely from one now famous group of students at the California Institute of the Arts in the 1970s.