Summer Reruns–Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite

August 16, 2015

Kurt Nemes' Classical Music Almanac

When compiling the list of pieces I used to listen to as a child, some subconscious part of me made me leave out The Grand Canyon Suite. “It’s not serious, or classical music,” I heard a voice inside saying. As a child, however, I often played the recording of it that belonged to my older brother, Bob, on the days when I’d sneak into his room while he was at work.

The Grand Canyon Suite is a highly imagistic piece of music. Grofé tried to capture the majesty of the striated canyon as the light gradually reveals the dazzling colors at sunrise. In another section, he imitates the clopping of donkey hooves transporting tourists down into the canyon floor. Grofé then shamelessly uses the violins to imitate the bray of the asses as they lose their grip and then grind to a stubborn halt. You know how it goes:…

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One Response to “Summer Reruns–Grofé: Grand Canyon Suite”

  1. kurtnemes Says:

    Thank you for the reblogging! Love your site. If you ever want to guest blog. Let me know.

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