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FERDE GROFÉ  

(1892 - 1972)

Ferde Grofé was born Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé, in New York City, moving thereafter, with his musician parents, to Los Angeles. After a period in Germany with his mother, following his father’s death, he left home in 1906, taking on a variety of jobs before eventually joining the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra as a viola player. From 1917 he worked as a pianist and arranger for Paul Whiteman, a period that brought his memorable orchestration of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, with its famous opening for which Grofé was responsible. His subsequent career was as a composer, conductor and teacher, in the first capacity showing an early command of symphonic jazz.

Orchestral Music

Grofé’s original compositions include the tone-poem Broadway at Night, Metropolis, Blue Fantasy in E flat, Three Shades of Blue and his well-known Grand Canyon Suite of 1931. Among other topographical works are his Death Valley Suite, Hudson River Suite, derived from a story by Washington Irving, Mississippi Suite, Niagara Falls Suite and Hollywood Suite, the last of these originally a ballet based on the tribulations of an understudy.

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Role: Non-Classical Artist 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
WHITEMAN, Paul: Sweet and Low Down (1925-1928) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120628
Nostalgia
Role: Classical Composer 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
AMERICAN CLASSICS SAMPLER Naxos
8.559118
Orchestral
AMERICAN SALUTE (AN) - SPIRIT OF THE NATION Naxos
8.559147
Orchestral
COPLAND, A.: Hoe Down / An Outdoor Overture / Billy the Kid Suite / GROFE, F.: On the Trail (Western Classics) (Schwarz) Delos
DE1603
Orchestral
DORSEY, Jimmy: Dorsey Dervish (1936-1940) Naxos Jazz Legends
8.120625
Jazz
ENGINEER'S CHOICE Delos
DE3506
Orchestral
EXPLORE AMERICA Naxos
8.559187
Orchestral
GERSHWIN, G.: American in Paris (An) / GROFE, F.: Grand Canyon Suite (Seattle Symphony, Schwarz) Naxos
8.571205
Orchestral
GOOD MUSIC FOR LITTLE GUYS Delos
DE1615
Orchestral
Great Love Songs Naxos International
8.990020
Orchestral
GROFE, F.: Grand Canyon Suite / COPLAND, A.: El salon Mexico (Fiedler) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80528
Orchestral
GROFE, F.: Grand Canyon Suite / VILLA-LOBOS, H.: Bachianas brasileiras No. 2 / GERSHWIN, G.: Cuban Overture (American Classics, Vol. 1) (Baum) Capriccio
C10440
Orchestral
GROFE: Atlantic Crossing / Aviation Suite (Grofe) (1946-1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80172
Orchestral
GROFE: Death Valley Suite / Hudson River Suite / Hollywood Suite Naxos
8.559017
Orchestral
GROFE: Grand Canyon Naxos
5.110002
Orchestral
GROFE: Grand Canyon Suite / Mississippi Suite / Niagara Falls Naxos
6.110002
Orchestral
GROFE: Grand Canyon Suite / Mississippi Suite / Niagara Falls Naxos
8.559007
Orchestral
MCCORMACK, John: McCormack Edition, Vol. 9: Victor Talking Machine Company Recordings (1920-1923) Naxos Historical
8.111385
Vocal
MUSIC SURROUND SPECTACULAR (THE) - The Tests Delos
DE3179
Orchestral
Orchestral Music - GROFE, F. / SIHANOUK, N. / FALLA, M. de / WHITE, P. / TUCCI, T. / KAY, H. (Hudson River Suite) (Kostelanetz) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.81034
Orchestral
PANORAMA OF AMERICAN ORCHESTRAL MUSIC (A) (Korn) (1955) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80118-19
Orchestral
PILGRIM'S PROGRESS: PIONEERS OF AMERICAN CLASSICAL MUSIC Naxos
8.559200
Orchestral
SINATRA, Frank: The Early Years, Vol. 1 (1940-1942) Naxos Nostalgia
8.120539
Nostalgia
SUNSET CLASSICS Capriccio
C67107-08
Orchestral
UNITED STATES NAVY BAND: Mystic Chords of Memory Altissimo
75442270162
Wind Ensemble/Band Music
Role: Arranger 
Album Title
Catalogue No  Work Category 
Role: Conductor 
Album Title  Catalogue No  Work Category 
GROFE: Atlantic Crossing / Aviation Suite (Grofe) (1946-1950) Naxos Classical Archives
9.80172
Orchestral




 
 
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