Percy Aldridge Grainger

Biography

Born: July 8, 1882l Brighton, Melbourne, Australia    Died: February 21, 1961; White Plains, NY  
Percy Grainger was known during his lifetime as a virtuoso pianist and arranger of popular English folk song. His primary contribution to music, however, lies in his prolific output as a composer of expert and highly original works. Grainger's early years were spent in Melbourne where he studied first with his mother, and later with Louis Pabst. From 1895-1899 he attended the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt, Germany, and then settled in London in Read more 1901. The next 10 years or so were devoted to a combination of concert touring and folk song collection. Grainger's early reputation was as a brilliant and eccentric pianist, and it was this talent that not only provided his income for the rest of his life, but also brought him into contact with other composers. Grieg and Delius, in particular, had great influence on Grainger's development of a sympathy and sensitivity toward unique national and folk styles. In 1914, Grainger moved to New York, beginning a long career as a composer, arranger, collector of folk music, and educator; he became an American citizen in 1918. In 1925 and 1927 he collected and published over 200 Danish folk songs, and returned to Australia in 1924, 1926, and from 1934-1935 in order to establish a Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne devoted to ethnomusicological research. His final years were spent completing and arranging his earlier works and trying to develop a workable form of his "free music" using primarily theremins, one of the earliest electronic instruments. The project remained incomplete, and Grainger died embittered and in relative obscurity, known only for a handful of light works that he referred to derogatorily as his "fripperies."

Early in his life, Grainger rejected the central European tradition of Western classical music, seeking instead a "democratic" music that was more closely related to natural sounds, speech, and world music. In his quest to assimilate as much unique musical culture as possible, Grainger became one of the first ethnomusicologists to use the wax cylinder phonograph in the collection and transcription of indigenous music. His arrangements of many of these are among the best ever done, capturing not only the melodies and harmonies, but also the timbres, inflections, and performance styles of each individual piece. In his own compositions, Grainger experimented with nontraditional rhythms, forms, and instrumental combinations in an attempt to create what he called "free music." He also created a large body of more traditional works and arrangements intended for more popular consumption, motivated, no doubt, by his experience with the Edwardian music hall and later with the U.S. Army Band. Read less
Grainger: Works For Large Chorus And Orchestra / Andrew Davis
Release Date: 04/30/2013   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 5121   Number of Discs: 1
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The Grainger Edition [19-CD Set]
Release Date: 02/22/2011   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 10638   Number of Discs: 19
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Grainger Edition Vol 6 - Orchestral Works 2 / Hickox, Bbc Po
Release Date: 01/20/1998   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9584   Number of Discs: 1
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Grainger: Famous Folk-Settings / Montgomery, Bournemouth Sinfonietta
Release Date: 10/28/1992   Label: Chandos Collect  
Catalog: 6542   Number of Discs: 1
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Grainger Edition Vol 3 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra
Release Date: 11/19/1996   Label: Chandos  
Catalog: 9499   Number of Discs: 1
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    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3685 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Fillmore,  Del Staigers,  Allen Vizzutti,  Ron Nelson  ... 
    Conductor:  Barry Johnson
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Lamar University Symphonic Band
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  • 227.
    American Winds
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3711 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Norman Dello Joio,  Morton Gould,  Alfred Reed,  Joseph Wilcox Jenkins  ... 
    Conductor:  William H. Silvester
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  College of New Jersey Wind Ensemble
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  • 228.
    Angels & Demons / Drake University Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3814 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Dana Wilson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Roger Cichy,  Nancy Galbraith  ... 
    Conductor:  Robert Meunier
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Drake University Wind Symphony
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  • 229.
    Symphonic Collage
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3708 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  G. Bonelli,  Malcolm Arnold,  Edwin Eugene Bagley,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Clipper Erickson
    Conductor:  William H. Silvester
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  • 230.
    The Original Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet - 20th Century
    Label: Boston Records   Catalog: 1062 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Igor Stravinsky,  Samuel Barber,  Darius Milhaud,  Carl Nielsen  ... 
    Performer:  Louis Rosenblatt,  Veda Reynolds
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philadelphia Woodwind Quintet
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  • 231.
    The Seeds Of Love - Collecting English Folk Music
    Label: Herald Records   Catalog: 216 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  Ralph Vaughan Williams,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  George Butterworth
    Performer:  Julian Stocker,  William Lee,  John Rowlands-Pritchard,  Roland Robertson  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Opus Anglicanum
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  • 232.
    The United States Marine Band Live In Concert Series Vol 2
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3171 Release Date: 01/01/2001   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Gorb,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Tristan Keuris,  Charles Ives  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Foley
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Marine Band
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  • 233.
    Grainger Edition Vol 15 - Orchestral Works 3 / Hickox
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9839 Release Date: 10/24/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 234.
    Grainger: The Power Of Love / Keith Brion, Slovak Radio So
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554263 Release Date: 10/06/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Keith Brion
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra
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  • 235.
    Bagpipes & Brass / Denver Brass
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11107 Release Date: 10/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John McLeod,  Polig Monjarret,  J. Scott Skinner,  John Williams  ... 
    Performer:  John Kuzma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver Brass,  Isle Of Mull Bagpipe Band
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  • 236.
    Itzhak Perlman - Greatest Hits Vol 2
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56957 Release Date: 09/12/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Ben-Haim,  Christoph W. Gluck,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Henri Wieniawski  ... 
    Performer:  Samuel Sanders,  Itzhak Perlman
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  • 237.
    Classics For Kids By Kids / Paul Jan Zdunek, Et Al
    Label: Jamboree Records   Catalog: 3001 Release Date: 08/22/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  John Mackey,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Antonín Dvorák,  Bedrich Smetana  ... 
    Performer:  Jordan Hall
    Conductor:  Paul Jan Zdunek,  James Berg,  William LaRue Jones
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies
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  • 238.
    Songs Of Sailors And Sea / Us Navy Sea Chanters
    Label: Altissimo   Catalog: 5560 Release Date: 08/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lloyd Pfautsch,  Randall Thompson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Ralph Vaughan Williams  ... 
    Performer:  Sharon E. Barry
    Conductor:  Chuck Yates
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  United States Navy Sea Chanters
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  • 239.
    Folksongs / Von Otter, Forsberg
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 463479 Release Date: 07/18/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lars-Erik Larsson,  Zoltán Kodály,  Reynaldo Hahn,  Benjamin Britten  ... 
    Performer:  Anne Sofie von Otter,  Bengt Forsberg
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  • 240.
    Grainger Edition Vol 14 - Music For Chamber Ensemble 2
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9819 Release Date: 06/27/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Kenneth Sillito,  Robert Smissen,  Stephen Orton,  Malcolm Latchem  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields members
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  • 241.
    Pachelbel Canon, Etc / James Galway
    Label: Rca Victor Gold Seal   Catalog: 4063 Release Date: 05/30/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Johann Pachelbel,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Arthur Benjamin,  Don Burrows  ... 
    Performer:  James Galway
    Conductor:  Glenn Spreen,  David Measham,  Louis Frémaux
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Symphony Orchestra,  Sydney Symphony Orchestra
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  • 242.
    Chinoiserie / Jenny Lin
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1110 Release Date: 05/15/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Albert William Ketèlbey,  Bohuslav Martinu,  Leo Ornstein,  John Adams  ... 
    Performer:  Jenny Lin
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  • 243.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3264 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Jules Massenet,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Arthur Sullivan,  Dmitri Kabalevsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Harry Begian
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp Festival Band
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  • 244.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3294 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Adam Gorb,  Aaron Copland,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Ottorino Respighi
    Conductor:  Fred J. Allen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stephen F. Austin State University Wind Ensemble
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  • 245.
    Symphonies, Circuses And Songs / Waybright, University Of Florida Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 3181 Release Date: 01/01/2000   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Boris Kozjevnikov,  Paul Hindemith,  Richard Wagner,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  University of Florida Wind Symphony
    Conductor:  David Waybright
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Florida Wind Symphony
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  • 246.
    Japonisme - Gil-marchex, Tansman, Et Al / Noriko Ogawa
    Label: Bis   Catalog: 1045 Release Date: 11/15/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Cyril Scott,  Theodor Szántó,  Alexandre Tansman  ... 
    Performer:  Noriko Ogawa
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  • 247.
    The English Songbook / Ian Bostridge, Julius Drake
    Label: Emi Classics   Catalog: 56830 Release Date: 11/02/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Frederick Delius,  Thomas Dunhill,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Ian Bostridge,  Julius Drake
    Conductor:  Stephen Layton
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Polyphony
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  • 248.
    Fantasies - Schubert, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Gershwin / Perez Molina Piano Duo
    Label: La Ma De Guido   Catalog: 54 Release Date: 10/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Schubert,  Sergei Rachmaninov,  Alexander Scriabin,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Luis Perez-Molina,  Maria Lourdes Perez-Molina
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Perez-Molina Piano Duo
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  • 249.
    Grainger Edition Vol 13 - Works For Chamber Ensemble
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9746 Release Date: 09/21/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chamber Ens.
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  • 250.
    Percy Grainger In Performance - Grieg, Grainger, Schumann
    Label: Music & Arts Programs Of America   Catalog: 1002 Release Date: 07/30/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Edvard Grieg,  Robert Schumann
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Leopold Stokowski
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra
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