PROTECT THE GRAND CANYON WITH H.R. 1052
The Grand Canyon is dear to my heart as is preserving this National Park to be as environmentally natural as possible. My interest started as a young girl living in the middle of one of our country's Great Lakes states. Photos of the Canyon I serendipitously came across one day in a National Geographic magazine fascinating me. One of those youthful years on a Sunday afternoon my mother introduced me to our local Philharmonic Orchestra's performance of The Grand Canyon Suite by Ferde Grofe'.
Our orchestra's conductor, Sam Gelfer, had a professional music background associated then with a nearby private university music department I began fantasizing about attending one day, but my later life took a different turn. Focusing his concert introduction on young audience members, Mr. Gelfer explained that different parts of the Suite created musical pictures of the Canyon. I related them to the National Geographic pictures in my mind, then was swept away with a variety of emotions as I lost myself in the music.
The movements of the Grand Canyon Suite are: I. Sunrise, II. Painted Desert, III. On the Trail, IV. Sunset, V. Cloudburst. This is one most familiar to listeners.
GRAND CANYON SUITE -- III On the Trail . F. GROFE -- L. BERNSTEIN. (Shared under Creative Commons from YouTube)