Grofé’s masterpiece in this “popular symphonic” idiom might be his orchestration of Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue (some feel that the orchestral color of the Rhapsody is as much responsible for its success as Gershwin’s inventive rhythmic and melodic inspirations). But if not the Gershwin orchestration, Grofé’s greatest success surely was the Grand Canyon Suite. Grofé published about two dozen orchestral works, mostly in the 30’s, all of which fused elements of jazz or pop styles with the rhythmic and formal complexity of symphonic music. The Grand Canyon Suite is the only one to have made it into the standard concerto repertoire of American symphony orchestras.
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