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: Piano Music / Marc-andre Hamelin
Release Date: 11/08/1996   Label: Hyperion  
Catalog: 66884   Number of Discs: 1
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Grainger: Jungle Book / Layton, Ainsley, Wilson-johnson
Release Date: 02/08/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55433   Number of Discs: 1
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Rambles & Reflections - Piano Transcriptions by Percy Grainger / Piers Lane
Release Date: 11/08/2011   Label: Helios  
Catalog: 55454   Number of Discs: 1
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Ever Yours: Selected Music And Letters Of Percy Grainger
Release Date: 06/10/2014   Label: Abc Classics  
Catalog: 4764628   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 226.
    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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  • 227.
    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 T. Williams  ... 
    Performer:  John Kuzma
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Denver Brass,  Isle Of Mull Bagpipe Band
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  • 228.
    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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  • 229.
    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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  • 230.
    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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  • 231.
    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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  • 232.
    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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  • 233.
    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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  • 234.
    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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  • 235.
    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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  • 236.
    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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  • 237.
    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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  • 238.
    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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  • 239.
    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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  • 240.
    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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  • 241.
    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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  • 242.
    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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  • 243.
    O! Kosmos / Cortland Hultberg, Phoenix Chamber Choir
    Label: Skylark Digital   Catalog: 9401 Release Date: 07/13/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Claude Vivier,  Carlo Gesualdo,  Antonio Lotti,  Stephen Chatman  ... 
    Conductor:  Cortland Hultberg
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Phoenix Chamber Choir
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  • 244.
    Grainger Edition Vol 12 - Songs For Mezzo / Jones, Thwaites
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9730 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Penelope Thwaites,  Stephen Varcoe,  Mark Padmore,  Della Jones  ... 
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  • 245.
    Music From The Ether - Original Works For Theremin / Kavina
    Label: Mode   Catalog: 76 Release Date: 06/22/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Vladimir Komarov,  Jorge Antunes,  Lydia Kavina,  Isidor Achron  ... 
    Performer:  Lydia Kavina,  Elisabeth Parcells,  Joshua Pierce
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Portland String Quartet
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  • 246.
    Grainger Edition Vol 11 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra 4
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9721 Release Date: 05/18/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Johan Reuter,  Lars Pedersen,  Hedwig Rummel  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox,  Jesper Grove Jorgensen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra,  Danish National Radio Choir
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  • 247.
    The Ultimate Lullaby Album
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 466358 Release Date: 05/11/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Engelbert Humperdinck,  Gottfried H. Stölzel,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Princess Te Rangi Pai  ... 
    Performer:  Brigitte Fassbaender,  Lucia Popp,  Norma Burrowes,  Marilyn Horne  ... 
    Conductor:  Steuart Bedford
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Vienna State Opera Chorus,  English Chamber Orchestra
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  • 248.
    Grainger Edition Vol 10 - Works For Pianos / Thwaites, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9702 Release Date: 02/09/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Penelope Thwaites,  Wayne Marshall,  John Lavender,  Barry Peter Ould  ... 
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  • 249.
    1999 TMEA All-state Bands
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2999 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Nancy Galbraith,  Howard Hanson,  Mark Camphouse,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  James Keene,  Gary Green,  Jack Stamp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas All State AAA Band,  Texas All State Concert Band,  Texas All-State 4a Symphonic Band
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  • 250.
    Baylor University Wind Ensemble - Live 1999 TMEA
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2954 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Florent Schmitt,  David Gillingham,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Charles Rochester Young  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Haithcock
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Baylor University Wind Ensemble
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