Blue Ridge Courtship is somewhat programmatic in that it is a piece written both for and about a wedding. Daniel Grabois says of this work:
”Blue Ridge Courtship was written in 2006 to celebrate the wedding of my Uncle Tony and his new wife Kim. I played the piece with my brother (a professional cellist) at the wedding. The opening section should be played with long, lyrical lines. The con moto section can move just a little, and the style becomes punchier. The Exuberant section should express all the joy of a wedding in progress. In the mixed meter sections, the value of the sixteenth note remains constant.”
Daniel Grabois is a renowned performer and educator of horn. Formerly a resident of New York City, he has played with almost all of the ensembles there, including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra, St. Luke's Chamber Orchestra, Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, New York City Opera, New York City Ballet, American Ballet Theater, and American Symphony Orchestra. He is the former Chairman of the Manhattan School of Music's Contemporary Performance Program and former professor of horn at The Hartt School. Currently, Dan resides in Wisconsin where he is Assistant Professor of Horn at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.