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: The Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
Release Date: 11/18/1997   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 1767   Number of Discs: 5
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Grand Piano - Percy Grainger Plays Grainger
Release Date: 12/03/1996   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 8809   Number of Discs: 1
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Grainger: Country Gardens & Other Piano Favourites / Jones
Release Date: 05/02/1994   Label: Nimbus  
Catalog: 7703   Number of Discs: 1
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Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, Etc / Junkin, Dallas Wind Symphony
Release Date: 01/13/2009   Label: Reference Recordings  
Catalog: 117   Number of Discs: 1
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  • 251.
    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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  • 252.
    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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  • 253.
    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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  • 254.
    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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  • 255.
    Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble Live In Concert
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3372 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Michael Daugherty,  Adam Gorb,  David Gillingham  ... 
    Conductor:  J. Cody Birdwell,  Keith Bearden
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas Tech University Symphonic Wind Ensemble
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  • 256.
    The Next Step / Southern Illinois University At Edwardsville
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3106 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Paul Hindemith,  Howard Hanson,  Leonard Bernstein
    Conductor:  John Raymond Bell
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Southern Illinois University Wind Symphony
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  • 257.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3137 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  George Gershwin,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  David Maslanka,  Shafer Mahoney  ... 
    Conductor:  Joseph Missal
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oklahoma State University Wind Ensemble
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  • 258.
    What Child Is This? / Concordia University Wind Symphony
    Label: Mark Masters   Catalog: 3178 Release Date: 01/01/1999   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Lowell Mason,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Fischer
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Concordia University Wind Symphony
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  • 259.
    Grainger Edition Vol 9 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra 3
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9653 Release Date: 10/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Mark Tucker,  Ian Watson,  Pamela Helen Stephen  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of London Sinfonia,  Joyful Company of Singers
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  • 260.
    Home For The Holidays / Eaken Piano Trio
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8554099 Release Date: 09/08/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Pietro Yon,  Mel Torme,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Nancy Baun,  Gloria Whitney,  John Eaken
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Eaken Piano Trio
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  • 261.
    Elgar, Holst, Delius, Et Al: Partsongs, Etc / Halsey
    Label: Conifer   Catalog: 51752 Release Date: 08/30/1998   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Sir Edward Elgar,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Frederick Delius,  Gustav Holst
    Performer:  Richard Markham,  Peter Lilley,  David Nettle,  Peter King  ... 
    Conductor:  Simon Halsey
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  City of Birmingham Symphony Chorus
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  • 262.
    Grainger: Piano Music / Eugene List
    Label: Vanguard   Catalog: 99 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Eugene List
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  • 263.
    Viola Power - Grainger, Sutherland, Et Al / Pollett, Et Al
    Label: Tall Poppies   Catalog: 98 Release Date: 08/25/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Andrew Schultz,  Peter Sculthorpe,  Robert Davidson  ... 
    Performer:  Patricia Pollett,  Colin Spiers,  Michael Askill,  Jenni Flemming
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  • 264.
    Jewels Of The Classics / Richard Kapp, Philharmonia Virtuosi
    Label: Rca   Catalog: 61935 Release Date: 08/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Léo Delibes,  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Luigi Boccherini  ... 
    Performer:  Lisa Moore
    Conductor:  Richard Kapp
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Virtuosi
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  • 265.
    David Helfgott - Brave New World
    Label: Rca Victor Red Seal   Catalog: 57813 Release Date: 08/11/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Enrique Granados,  Aram Khachaturian,  George Gershwin,  Claude Debussy  ... 
    Performer:  David Helfgott
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  • 266.
    Lutoslawski, Böhme, Et Al / Herseth, Asbury Brass Quintet
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 273 Release Date: 07/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Camille Saint-Saëns,  Eugčne Bozza,  Ivan Jevtic,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Adolph Herseth
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Asbury Brass Quintet
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  • 267.
    Grainger Edition Vol 8 - Works For Wind Orchestra Vol 2
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9630 Release Date: 06/16/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  James Gilchrist,  Stephen Svanholm,  Alexander Wall,  Ian Gray  ... 
    Conductor:  Clark Rundell,  Timothy Reynish
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
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  • 268.
    Raschčr International - Saxophone Works / Gwozdz, Leventhal
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 289 Release Date: 05/26/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Henry Purcell,  Jules Massenet,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Siegfried Fournes  ... 
    Performer:  Lois Leventhal,  Lawrence Gwozdz,  Steffen Hass
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  • 269.
    Grainger Edition Vol 7 - Songs For Tenor / Martyn Hill
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9610 Release Date: 04/21/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Martyn Hill,  Penelope Thwaites
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  • 270.
    Piano Reflections - Encore Favorites / Margery Mcduffie
    Label: Aca Digital   Catalog: 20056 Release Date: 02/24/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Franz Liszt,  Isidore Philipp,  Gabriel Fauré,  Moritz Moszkowski  ... 
    Performer:  Margery McDuffie
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  • 271.
    English Seasons / Marriner, Academy Of St. Martin In The Fields
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 454444 Release Date: 02/18/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frederick Delius,  Frank Bridge,  John Foulds,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
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  • 272.
    Grainger Edition Vol 6 - Orchestral Works 2 / Hickox, Bbc Po
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9584 Release Date: 01/20/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 273.
    And The Band Played On - Music On The Titanic / I Salonisti
    Label: Decca   Catalog: 458382 Release Date: 01/13/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Lowell Mason,  Sir Edward Elgar,  Antonín Dvorák,  Irving Berlin  ... 
    Performer:  Werner Giger,  Thomas Füri,  Béla Szedlák,  Ferenc Szedlák  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Salonisti
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  • 274.
    Label: Mark Custom Recording Service,   Catalog: 2767 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Frank Ticheli,  David Stanhope,  David Maslanka,  William Francis Mcbeth  ... 
    Conductor:  Ray C. Lichtenwalter
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Texas at Arlington Wind Ensemble
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  • 275.
    Tempered Steel / Texas A&m University Symphonic Band
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2788 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Edward Victor Cupero,  Traditional,  Paul Hindemith,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky  ... 
    Conductor:  Timothy Rhea
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Texas A&M University Symphonic Band
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