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Ferde Grofé (March 27, 1892 – April 3, 1972) was an American composer, arranger, and pianist. He is best known for his orchestral works, including the Grand Canyon Suite (1931) and Mississippi Suite (1925).
Grofé was born in New York City to German immigrants. He began his musical education at a young age, studying the violin, piano, and composition. In 1916, he joined Paul Whiteman's orchestra, where he worked as an arranger and composer. He remained with Whiteman's orchestra for 10 years, during which time he wrote some of his most famous works, including "The Mississippi" and "Grand Canyon Suite."
In 1926, Grofé left Whiteman's orchestra to pursue a solo career. He continued to compose and arrange music, and he also worked as a conductor and lecturer. He was a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and he received the Pulitzer Prize for Music in 1932.
Grofé's music is characterized by its use of American popular music styles, such as jazz and ragtime. He was also influenced by classical music, and his works often feature a rich orchestration. Grofé's music is still performed today, and he is considered one of the most important composers of American music.
Grofé's music is a valuable contribution to the American musical tradition. His works are full of energy and excitement, and they continue to entertain and inspire audiences around the world.