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
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  • 276.
    The Music Of Leroy Osmon Vol 2 - When Things Are Still
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2806 Release Date: 01/01/1998   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Leroy Osmon,  Ralph Vaughan Williams
    Conductor:  Eddie Green
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Houston Wind Ensemble,  University of Houston Percussion Ensemble
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  • 277.
    Grainger: The Complete Piano Music / Martin Jones
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 1767 Release Date: 11/18/1997   Number of Discs: 5
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky,  Johannes Brahms,  George Gershwin  ... 
    Performer:  Martin Jones,  Philip Martin,  Richard McMahon
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  • 278.
    Grainger, Bolcom: Music For Two Pianos / R. & J. Contiguglia
    Label: Helicon   Catalog: 1004 Release Date: 10/23/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  William Bolcom,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  John Contiguglia,  Richard Contiguglia
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  • 279.
    Grainger Edition Vol 5 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra 2
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9554 Release Date: 09/16/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Stephen Varcoe,  Pamela Helen Stephen,  Mark Padmore,  Geoffrey Tozer
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 280.
    Label: Danacord   Catalog: 479 Release Date: 09/01/1997   Number of Discs: 2
    Composer:  Francis Poulenc,  Sigfrid Karg-Elert,  Frank Bridge,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Kathryn Stott,  Piers Lane,  Marc-André Hamelin,  Hamish Milne  ... 
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  • 281.
    Wondrous Love - A World Folk Song Collection / Chanticleer
    Label: Teldec   Catalog: 16676 Release Date: 05/27/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Traditional,  David Zehavi,  Benitez Valencia,  Michael McGlynn  ... 
    Performer:  Frank Albinder,  Joseph Jennings,  Corey McKnight,  Michael Lichtenauer  ... 
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chanticleer
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  • 282.
    Grainger Edition Vol 4 - Works For Wind Orchestra / Royal Northern College Of Music
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9549 Release Date: 05/20/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Clark Rundell,  Timothy Reynish
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra
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  • 283.
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 2417 Release Date: 01/01/1997   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Johann Sebastian Bach,  Frank Ticheli,  Dmitri Shostakovich  ... 
    Conductor:  Allan McMurray,  Richard L. Blatti
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Indiana All-State Honor Band,  Indiana All-State Band
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  • 284.
    Cello And Piano - Sehested, Hamerik, Et Al /Zeuthen, Malling
    Label: Dacapo   Catalog: 224052 Release Date: 12/17/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Louis Glass,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Asger Hamerik,  Hilda Sehested
    Performer:  Amalie Malling,  Morten Zeuthen
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  • 285.
    Grand Piano - Percy Grainger Plays Grainger
    Label: Nimbus   Catalog: 8809 Release Date: 12/03/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Traditional
    Performer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Lotta Mills Hough
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  • 286.
    English Madrigals And Songs / Summerly, Oxford Camerata
    Label: Naxos   Catalog: 8553088 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Thomas Vautor,  King VIII Henry,  Traditional  ... 
    Conductor:  Jeremy Summerly
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Oxford Camerata
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  • 287.
    Grainger Edition Vol 3 - Works For Chorus And Orchestra
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9499 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Leslie Pearson,  Stephen Varcoe,  Duke Dobing,  Penelope Thwaites  ... 
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Joyful Company of Singers,  City of London Sinfonia
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  • 288.
    Wildflowers - Symphonic Band Music / Corporon, North Texas
    Label: Klavier Records   Catalog: 11079 Release Date: 11/19/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Paul Hart,  Billy Childs,  Dana Wilson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Performer:  Steve Houghton,  Adam Wodnicki
    Conductor:  Eugene Migliaro Corporon
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  North Texas University Wind Ensemble
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  • 289.
    Grainger Edition Vol 1 - Orchestral Works / Hickox, Bbc Phil
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9493 Release Date: 11/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Conductor:  Richard Hickox
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  BBC Philharmonic Orchestra
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  • 290.
    Grainger Edition Vol 2 - Songs For Baritone / Varcoe
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 9503 Release Date: 11/15/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Penelope Thwaites,  Stephen Varcoe
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  • 291.
    Grainger: Piano Music / Marc-andre Hamelin
    Label: Hyperion   Catalog: 66884 Release Date: 11/08/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Villiers Stanford,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Marc-André Hamelin
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  • 292.
    Tears - Khachaturian, Grainger, Ives, Et Al / Rowell
    Label: Albany Records   Catalog: 206 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Charles Ives,  David Maslanka,  Aaron Copland,  Frank Ticheli  ... 
    Conductor:  Malcolm Rowell Jr.
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University of Massachusetts Wind Ensemble
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  • 293.
    Twentieth-century Operatic Fantasias / Ronald Stevenson
    Label: Altarus   Catalog: 9042 Release Date: 09/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ronald Stevenson,  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Ronald Stevenson
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  • 294.
    Stolen Gems - Transcriptions / James Campbell, Et Al
    Label: Marquis   Catalog: 81119 Release Date: 06/20/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Pietro Yon,  Alec Templeton,  Sidney Bechet,  Dave Brubeck  ... 
    Performer:  James Campbell
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  • 295.
    Danny Boy - Songs & Dancing Ballads by Grainger / Gardiner
    Label: Philips   Catalog: 446657 Release Date: 05/14/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger
    Performer:  Julian Clarkson,  Simon Davies,  Julian Podger,  Nicholas Robertson  ... 
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Monteverdi Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir
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  • 296.
    Americana - Holmboe, Norholm, Grainger, Britten, Barber
    Label: Danica   Catalog: 8154 Release Date: 01/23/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Ib Norholm,  Samuel Barber,  Benjamin Britten,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  Michael Bojesen
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Camerata Chamber Choir
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  • 297.
    University Of Arkansas Wind Symphony Live At All-state 1996
    Label: Mark Records   Catalog: 3031 Release Date: 01/01/1996   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  David Maslanka,  Edward Gregson,  Modest Mussorgsky,  Percy Aldridge Grainger  ... 
    Conductor:  W. Dale Warren,  T. W. Gunther
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  University Of Arkansas Wind Symphony
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  • 298.
    Percy Grainger - Salute To Scotland / Ronald Stevenson
    Label: Altarus   Catalog: 9040 Release Date: 11/29/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Traditional
    Performer:  Ronald Stevenson
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  • 299.
    A Christmas Fantasy / Huddersfield Choral Society, Et Al
    Label: Chandos   Catalog: 4541 Release Date: 11/21/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Leroy Anderson,  Gordon Langford,  Traditional,  John Francis Wade  ... 
    Performer:  Keith Rhodes,  Anthony Cooke
    Conductor:  Roy Newsome,  Keith Rhodes
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Black Dyke Mills Band,  Huddersfield Choral Society
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  • 300.
    Holst: The Planets;  Grainger / Gardiner, Philharmonia
    Label: Deutsche Grammophon   Catalog: 445860 Release Date: 09/19/1995   Number of Discs: 1
    Composer:  Percy Aldridge Grainger,  Gustav Holst
    Conductor:  John Eliot Gardiner
    Orchestra/Ensemble:  Philharmonia Orchestra,  Monteverdi Choir members
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