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Ferde Grofé, (1892 – 1972) was an American pianist, arranger and composer.

Born Ferdinand Rudolph von Grofé on 27th March 1892 in New York City, of French Huguenot extraction, his family had four generations of classical musicians. His father, Emil von Grofé, was a baritone who sang mainly light opera and his mother, Elsa Johanna von Grofé, was a professional cellist. She was also a versatile music teacher who taught…

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  • @Vasilievich -Tanks! I thought I knew RiB quite well, but I don't remember reading that before ............ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhapsody_in_Blue
  • http://www.last.fm/music/New+York+Philharmonic;Leonard+Bernstein/_/III+-+On+The+Trail+from+Grand+Canyon+Suite+(Instrumental)
  • Rhapsody in Blue owes 50% of its fame to Grofé's amazing orchestration talent.

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