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 Posted:   Dec 28, 2017 - 1:08 PM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

"Trylon and Perisphere," named for the iconic structures at the 1939 World's Fair, was a 13-minute instrumental piece composed by Ferde Grofe. Paul Whiteman played it a Christmas 1939 Carnegie Hall concert.

Does anyone know if there have been any recordings of this since the Whiteman performance? I've not found anything else on the InterTubes, iTunes, or Amazon.

I would love to post a video, but I can't find one. For those of you with Spotify, you can apparently stream the 1939 recording.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 6:28 AM   
 By:   John B. Archibald   (Member)

Grofe seems to have written a lot of music not available on recordings. Curiously, his justifiably most famous, “Grand Canyon Suite,” is often released with other, different works, so that I’ve acquired a few CD’s of “Grand Canyon,” just to obtain whatever’s been included with it.

And I’d never heard of this “Trylon and Perisphere” piece, though I would surely enjoy hearing it.

 
 
 Posted:   Dec 30, 2017 - 8:34 AM   
 By:   OnyaBirri   (Member)

Grofe seems to have written a lot of music not available on recordings. Curiously, his justifiably most famous, “Grand Canyon Suite,” is often released with other, different works, so that I’ve acquired a few CD’s of “Grand Canyon,” just to obtain whatever’s been included with it.

And I’d never heard of this “Trylon and Perisphere” piece, though I would surely enjoy hearing it.


I heard it only once when someone had posted an mp3 on a blog. It was, IIRC, very modernist in a way that you would hope from a piece inspired by the 1939 World's Fair.

Curiously, Grofe composed an LP-length suite for the 1964 World's Fair, which was released as an RCA LP at the time. I have or had this, but was very disappointed by it, and I believe I unloaded it some years back.

 
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