Grand Canyon Suite

TUESDAY, September 24, 2019

Popular for 88 years…

Ferde Grofé is an American composer and arranger best known for his composition of the Grand Canyon Suite (1931), recorded and conducted by Arturo Toscanini at Carnegie Hall in 1945 with the composer present. He also fully orchestrated Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, and that is the version we usually hear today of this famous work.

The Grand Canyon Suite is a very popular set of pieces for orchestra. On the Trail is the most famous and popular. You may think you are hearing a theme for a 1950s or 1960s TV show about cowboys, but Grofé wrote this in 1931 – as usual way earlier than you would expect. He was not known as a film score composer, but his music has that sound, like something that belongs in movies.

 

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6 thoughts on “Grand Canyon Suite

  1. I liked all of it but I was especially taken by the violin solo in the beginning. The music has themes that starts to get hohum predictable, only to have the composer throw you a curve ball that makes you wide awake and listening. Very interesting and fun music.

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