Grofé Gershwin

Grofé Gershwin

The New York born Ferdinand Grofé, alias Ferdie Grofé came from a cultured musician family and developed his musical talent successfully mainly as a jazz pianist and arranger. He performed for a longer time in the Paul Whiteman Orchestra; just in this phase of his career he composed the Suite Mississippi. Grofé won the hearts of jazzmen also with the arrangement of Gershwin’s famous Rhapsody in Blue. Only one year after the Rhapsody in Blue George Gershwin wrote the impressive Piano Concerto in F major, and though he respected the traditional concerto scheme in it, he filled it with a rich jazz and blues content. Also the story of the dearly loving Porgy and the careless Bess is based on the traditional opera of the 19th century; the particular numbers of the opera inspire many arrangements. The Symphonic Picture by Richard Rodney Bennett is one of the examples.

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