May 2016

Homing in on Gershwin’s Horns

Can you hear the difference?

Gershwin oversaw a recording of “An American in Paris” for Victor in 1929. Here, the recorded taxi horn notes are Ab, Bb, D, and a lower A.

In records through the remainder of the 20th century, the recorded taxi horn pitches were A, B, C, and D, ascending. Which one sounds better to you?