Personalities | Percy Grainger | Modern Era | Classical

Australian composer

Influenced by Grieg and by Delius, Grainger spent his early years as a concert pianist and, after that, in the US as a teacher. He was also particularly interested in folksong and much of his output consists of arrangements of such pieces. He is best known for such brief and catchy pieces as ‘Country Gardens’ (1918) and ‘Handel in the Strand’ (1930/1947), but other works investigate ‘elastic scoring’ and defy conventional rules, most notably the ‘Hill Song No. 1’ (1921) and The Warriors (1916), an imaginary ballet whose complex rhythms ideally require three conductors. Most of his works are characterized by this experimental nature and originality. In later life he invented machines for producing ‘free music’.

Recommended Recording:
A Lincolnshire Posy, RNCM Wind Orchestra (cond) Timothy Reynish (Chandos)

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