(Past) News and Announcements
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On Sunday, October 21 2007 at 4:00 PM, the Downtown Sinfonietta, conducted by Vincent Lionti, presented another of their wonderful concerts in the Downtown Music at Grace series at Grace Church in White Plains, New York. Featured were two rarely heard concertos, Joseph Rheinberger's Organ Concerto No. 1 in F major, and Georg Philipp Telemann's Concerto in D major for Three Horns and Violin. The program also included orchestral works by Grieg and Dvořák, with a special performance of Percy Grainger's Irish Tune from County Derry to celebrate the 125th year of Grainger's birth.
A reception of delicacies donated by Susan Lawrence-Gourmet Food, Chappaqua, NY followed the program.
Grace Church is at the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue,
White Plains, NY, less than a mile from the Grainger House.
For information about Music at Grace, phone (914) 949-0384, or go to the
http://www.gracewhiteplains.org/11.html. For more about the
Weekend Discoveries series, visit
The Bard College SummerScape festival for 2007 honors composer Edward Elgar (1857–1934), on the occasion of the 150th anniversary of his birth. Over SummerScape's last two weekends (August 10-12 and 17-19), the Bard Music Festival will present concerts, lectures, and symposia featuring the music of Elgar and his contemporaries. Music by Percy Grainger will be performed as part of the festival.
Bard College is located in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, about 90 miles north
of New York City. For information, visit the
SummerScape Web page.
A celebration of Percy Grainger's 125th birthday was held at the University of Melbourne, Australia on Tuesday, July 10, 2007.
Cocktails were to be served from 5:30 PM until 7:30 PM in the Main Dining Room, University House. Featured were a series of "Meditations on Percy" by Vincent Plush together with music by Grainger performed by Glenn Riddle.
An exhibition of photographs from the Grainger Museum collection were on display in the Main Dining Room.
For information, contact Astrid Krautschneider on 03 8344 5270 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Edvard Grieg Society will present Joseph Smith in a lecture-recital: Finding the Hidden Harmonies, on the folkloric piano music of Grieg, Grainger, and Bartok on March 9, 2007, 7:30 PM. It will be at Yamaha Hall, 689 Fifth Avenue, 3rd Floor, (entrance E 54th St.), NYC. Tickets ($20, students $10) can be purchased in advance by sending a check to: Edvard Grieg Society, 10 Kenyon Court, Norwood, N.J., 07648 For information, call 201-750-0525.
The music will include the Jutish Medley and Irish Tune from County Derry by Grainger, and selections from Opus 66 and Opus 72 by Grieg.
Two important events took place in the fall of 2006:
On Sunday October 15, 2006, the Downtown Sinfonietta, conducted by Vincent Lionti, whose concert last May electrified the audience with a performance of "Molly on the Shore," again featured a work by Grainger. In this concert, they performed Grainger's "Youthful Rapture" for Cello and Strings. The concert took place at Grace Church at 4:00 PM. Grace Church is at the corner of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY.
Mr. Lionti e-mailed to me that "Our performance of 'Molly on the Shore' to conclude our concert last May was a big hit with the audience, and they have demanded more Grainger for our opening concert this season."
For information about Music at Grace, phone (914) 949-0384, or go to the Web site http://www.gracewhiteplains.org/11.html.
To see fans of "Molly on the Shore" of an earlier generation, look at the postcard of the Flonzaley Quartet.
On Thursday evening, May 11, 2006, "Downtown Music at Grace," an activity of Grace Church in White Plains, hosted a gala fundraising reception and concert, including a performance of Grainger's "Molly on the Shore." Downtown Music at Grace is best known for their series of free noon concerts, presented each Wednesday from September to June, at Grace Church.
The location for the gala was in the Grand Banking Room at the Arts Exchange, Westchester Arts Council, 31 Mamaroneck Avenue, White Plains, NY. At 6:30 p.m. there was a reception with hot and cold hors d’oeuvres. At 8:00 p.m. there was a concert, featuring the debut of the Downtown Sinfonietta, a string ensemble made up primarily of members of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, with Vincent Lionti conducting.
The final selection played was "Molly on the Shore," and Mr. Lionti asked Stewart Manville to come up and say a few words about Grainger before the piece was played. Stewart's introduction to "Molly" and the rousing performance by Mr. Lionti and the Sinfonietta were the hit of the evening and got the audience enthused.
For information about Music at Grace, phone (914) 949-0384, or go to the Web site http://www.gracewhiteplains.org/11.html.
The concert included the following selections:
At 8 PM on February 10, 2006, the Manhattan School of Music Wind Ensemble, Mark Gould, conductor, presented a concert that includes Grainger's Lincolnshire Posey. The concert included the following:
Percy Grainger, A Lincolnshire Posey
FREE CONCERT: No tickets required. For more information, visit the Web site at http://www.msmnyc.edu.
Paul Swan (1883-1972), American artist and dancer (once called "Nijinsky's successor") was an almost exact contemporary of Percy Grainger. According to letters from Percy to Swan, Swan did several portraits of Percy and Ella. The current location of these portraits is now unknown. (Does anyone know where they are?). A photograph of one of them, however, exists, in the possession of Janis Londraville, Swan's biographer. Londraville's book about Swan, The Most Beautiful Man in the World: Paul Swan, from Wilde to Warhol is being published this fall by the University of Nebraska Press. You can see Swan's portrait of Grainger on Londraville's Swan Web site, http://www.paulswan.net.
On October 22, 2005 at 8:00 PM, the Columbia University Wind Ensemble included Grainger's "The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart" in its Halloween Concert.
A personal note: clarinetist Brianna McTeague, grand-niece of your Webmaster, Cora Sowa, played in the ensemble! She is in her first year at Barnard.
Despite a downpour and flooded streets outside, the program was a success and was well-attended. The press release read as follows:
Andrew Pease, Music Director
Saturday, October 22nd at 8pm (not at 7, as previously announced)
St. Paul's Chapel, Columbia University
Featuring the following works:
$5 Suggested donation. Reception immediately to follow.
More information at http://www.columbia.edu/cu/wind
The Hudson Valley Wind Symphony, which performed an all-Grainger program in 2004 at the Purchase College Performing Arts Center in Purchase, NY (SUNY Purchase), presented their second annual all-Grainger concert on Saturday, May 21, 2005 (again at SUNY Purchase) Fernando Jimenez was guest conductor. Margaret Leng Tan, renowned pianist and interpreter not only of Grainger but of John Cage and other contemporary piano composers, was a guest artist, along with violinist James Graseck. For the program and for biographies of the artists, see below.
TO READ ABOUT THE FIRST GRAINGER CONCERT OF THE HUDSON VALLEY WIND SYMPHONY, CLICK HERE.
The following is the press release for the program (which has now
already taken place):
THE HUDSON VALLEY WIND SYMPHONY
with guest conductor Dr. Fernando Jimenez
Margaret Leng Tan, piano
James Graseck, violin and viola
THE MUSIC OF PERCY GRAINGER
Saturday May 21, 2005, 8:00 p.m.
Purchase Performing Arts Center Recital Hall
PERCY ALDRIDGE GRAINGER, celebrated composer, pianist and one of the most creative musical geniuses of the 20th century, lived in and was active in the musical life of White Plains from his arrival at 7 Cromwell Place in 1921 until his death in 1961.
The International Percy Grainger Society was founded to ensure that his amazing music, including over 600 works, would endure and be heard. To that end, the Society is pleased to present The Hudson Valley Wind Symphony in its second concert devoted solely to Grainger's compositions for wind band, many of which were composed in White Plains. Guest conductor Dr. Fernando Jimenez, Director of Music at Western Connecticut State University and an active conductor throughout the United States, Central and South America, will lead the ensemble in "Children's March", "Horkstow Grange", "Handel in the Strand", "The Immovable Do", and the "Lads of Wamphray" among other favorites.
The program will be opened by pianist Margaret Leng Tan, not only a Grainger expert but internationally regarded as one of the most important figures in contemporary music, and the world's first professional toy pianist. She will perform "Bridal Lullaby" for solo piano and then will be joined by violinist James Graseck in "Mock Morris", "Harvest Hymn" and "Molly on the Shore." Stewart Manville, archivist of the Grainger Society, will make a special appearance with Ms.Tan singing "Pretty Maid Milking Her Cow."
Tickets, priced at $20 adults and $10 students and seniors, may be reserved by calling the Performing Arts Center Box Office at 914-251-6200. Visit www.HVWS.org for more information.
The program was as follows:
First half: Margaret Leng Tan, piano; James Graseck, violin and viola, Stewart Manville, voice:
Harvest Hymn - violin and piano
Second half: The Hudson Valley Wind Symphony:
Margaret Leng Tan is an internationally celebrated artist renowned for her performances of American and Asian music that transcend the piano's conventional boundaries. Hailed by The New Yorker as ³the diva of avant-garde pianism², she has progressively perfected an individual style fusing sound, choreography and theater, inspiring many composers to create performer-specific works for her including John Cage, Tan Dun, Alvin Lucier, Michael Nyman, Somei Satoh, Ge Gan-ru, Toby Twining, Julia Wolfe, Raphael Mostel, Stephen Montague and Erik Griswold.
One of the leading performers of John Cage's music, Margaret Leng Tan worked with the composer from 1981 until his death in 1992. Ms Tan participated in Carnegie Hall's 2001-2003 When Morty Met John...Cage/Feldman series, making her Carnegie Hall debut performing Cage's Concerto for Prepared Piano and Chamber Orchestra with Dennis Russell Davies and the American Composers Orchestra in 2002. Ms. Tan appears in the PBS American Masters films on John Cage and Jasper Johns performing works by Cage. Her acclaimed Cage recordings on New Albion, Mode and ECM are critically regarded as definitive interpretations.
The world's first professional toy pianist, Margaret Leng Tan has transformed a toy into a legitimate instrument inspiring composers to create an adventurous new repertoire for her toy pianos and toy instruments. Ms. Tan and her diminutive instruments present a music-theater of nostalgia and exuberance at festivals around the world where she has appeared alongside a litany of today's most hailed artists in classical music. Her groundbreaking album, The Art of the Toy Piano (Philips/Universal), has received widespread national and international critical acclaim.
Ms. Tan's roster of concert appearances include the Berliner Festspiele, Klavier Festival Ruhr, Wien Modern, Melbourne International Festival of the Arts, Wigmore Hall Centenary Festival, Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival, Festival International de Piano La Roque d' Antheron, the Singapore and Hong Kong Arts Festivals, Cervantino International Arts Festival, the Ravinia, Spoleto USA, BAM Next Wave, Bang On A Can, and Lincoln Center Out-of-Doors and Serious Fun Festivals.
Evans Chan's documentary, Sorceress of the New Piano: The Artistry of Margaret Leng Tan (2004), has been invited to numerous international film festivals, including Vancouver, Buenos Aires and Melbourne. Ms. Tan's recording of George Crumb's Makrokosmos 1 and 11 was released by Mode Records in late 2004 to coincide with her Carnegie Hall performance honoring George Crumb's 75th birthday.
Margaret Leng Tan was the first woman to graduate with a doctorate from The Juilliard School and her doctoral thesis was on the Free Music of Percy Grainger. She is a recipient of The National Endowment for the Arts' Solo Recitalist Award. A native of Singapore, she currently lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her four dogs, three Steinways and, at last count, sixteen toy pianos.
Violinist James Graseck has created a unique career and reputation as one of New York's most well-known and beloved subway musicians through the MTA's Music Under New York program. Since graduating with a Master's degree from The Juilliard School, he has performed in AliceTully Hall and Carnegie Hall, as well as, as a soloist with orchestras in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and South Carolina. At the same time, he has chosen to share the classical music experience with a wider public, beyond the traditional concert hall.
James Graseck has appeared on televison in The Tonight Show, Prime Time
Live, The Morning Show, VH1's Behind the Music, and most recently with
Margaret Leng Tan on WNYC/PRI's national weekend show, The Next Big Thing.
His film credits include an appearance in One True Thing starring William
Hurt and Meryl Streep.
On September 11, 2004, James Graseck performed for the Remembrance
Ceremonies at the World Trade Center site at the request of 9/11 families.
On Sunday, May 1 at 2:00 P.M., the "Presidents Own" United States Marine Band, Lt. Col. Michael J. Colburn, conducting, with the Choral Arts Society of Washington, Norman Scribner conducting, presented an all-Grainger program at The Music Center at Strathmore.
The program, titled "The Glory of Grainger,"included Lincolnshire Posy, Danish Folk-Music Suite, "The Duke of Marlborough" Fanfare, "I'm Seventeen Come Sunday,", "Colonial Song," American Folk Dance "Spoon River," "Shallow Brown," Children's March "Over the Hills and Far Away," "Irish Tune from County Derry," and "Marching Song of Democracy."
For more information about the Marine Band, call (202) 433-4011 or visit the Marine Band Web site.
Robert Simon, conductor, author, and member of the Board of Trustees of the International Percy Grainger Society, has written a biography of Frederick Fennell, distinguished conductor at the Eastman School of Music and interpreter of the music of Percy Grainger. There was a lecture and book signing by Mr. Simon at the National Arts Club in New York on Tuesday, April 26, at 8:00 PM.
Mr. Simon also signed copies of his Percy Grainger: The Pictorial Biography 20th Anniversary Edition (Third Edition, updated 2003), which has a foreward by Frederick Fennell (Ludwig Music Publishing Company, 1044 Vivian Drive, Grafton OH 44044).
The National Arts Club is at 15 Gramercy Park South, phone (212) 475-3424.
The Music of Percy Grainger Vol. IV, whose production was
announced last year, received a Grammy nomination for
"Best Classical CD." The Executive Producer is Leroy Osmon, who has long
been active in the International Percy Grainger Society.
It is available from Mark Custom Recording in New York. For details about
the series, including contents of all the volumes, and information about
how to order them, see the item
New Grainger CD's available below.
CONVERTS WON FOR GRAINGER IN SANTA MONICA!
On Sunday, September 12 at 7:30 pm at First Presbyterian of Santa Monica, tenor Shawn Thuris performed four songs of Grainger ("British Waterside," "The Pretty Maid Milkin' Her Cow," "Shallow Brown," and "Willow, Willow") in a joint recital with mezzo-soprano Monica Hershenson. Kirill Gliadovsky played for Mr. Thuris and Christopher Luthi played for Ms. Hershenson. The concert included music of Berlioz, Brahms, Glinka, Saint-Saens, Wagner, and others.
The First Presbyterian Church is located at 1220 Second St. (at Wilshire Blvd), Santa Monica 90401.
Mr. Thuris was kind enough to send an e-mail thanking us for listing his recital on our website, and he reports that the performance went well. His e-mail included the following endorsement from an audience member:
Mr. Thuris says that he was most satisfied personally with "The Pretty Maid Milkin' Her Cow" and "British Waterside" -- "probably because they were hardest to get right." He promises to include Grainger songs in future recitals, and to let us know when these recitals will take place.
PAST CONCERT NEWS: SOUNDS OF WESTCHESTER
On Thursday, July 8, 2004, the Caramoor International Music Festival in Katonah, NY presented a program of "Sounds of Westchester" by the chamber ensemble Music from Copland House, performed in the Spanish Courtyard. Selections included the following:
AN EVENING OF MUSIC BY PERCY GRAINGER
On May 15, 2004 at 8 PM, the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony, conducted by James D. Wayne, presented an all-Grainger concert at Purchase College of the State University of New York. The concert, titled "An Evening of Music by Percy Grainger," was given to benefit the International Percy Grainger Society and the Percy Grainger Library, White Plains. It was held in Theatre C of the Performing Arts Center, Purchase NY.
The concert was received enthusiastically by a sold-out audience. An introduction was made by the mayor of White Plains. Narration was provided by Rolf Stang, gifted story-teller and president of the International Percy Grainger Society, and by Stewart Manville, curator and archivist of the Society (who also performed the vocals in Bell Piece). Mayor Delfino presented a Proclamation to Mr. Stang designating May 15, 2004 "Percy Grainger Day." A picture of the Proclamation and the complete text appear below.
A high point was provided by the playing of original 1908 recordings by Percy Grainger of three of the songs which he later used in his masterpiece Lincolnshire Posy. We were thus treated to a comparison of the haunting simplicity of the original songs with the complexity of the music that Grainger made from them.
A SECOND ALL-GRAINGER CONCERT BY THE HUDSON VALLEY WIND SYMPHONY TOOK PLACE THE FOLLOWING YEAR. CLICK HERE TO READ ABOUT IT.
The program included the following selections:
For more information on the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony, visit their Web site at www.hvws.org.
Below is a reproduction of the Proclamation by Mayor Joseph M. Delfino of White Plains, honoring Percy Grainger and the International Percy Grainger Society and proclaiming May 15, 2004 "Percy Grainger Day." It was presented at the concert by the Hudson Valley Wind Symphony at SUNY Purchase in May, 2004.
(Apologies for the unevenness of the image below. Because of its size, the Proclamation was too big to fit all at once in the scanner, and it had to be scanned in sections and digitally reassembled. It also had to be scanned through the glass of its frame. The actual size of the proclamation, which can be seen at the Grainger House, is about 12" by 18". Since we at Percy Grainger lack the resources of a Lucasfilm or a Pixar, it was difficult to rematch colors exactly. (One more reason to see the original at the Grainger House!)
Since the illustration may be difficult to read, you may read the
complete text below the illustration.
GRAINGER'S "SUSSEX MUMMERS' CHRISTMAS CAROL" AT GRACE CHURCH
On May 26, 2004, Vincent Lionti, whose thrilling solo viola concert on March 24 at Grace Church in White Plains included music by Percy Grainger, returned to Grace Church in another "Noonday Getaway" concert. Mr. Lionti was joined by Joseph Rabbai and Jihwan Kim in a program of music for viola, clarinet, and piano that included Percy Grainger's "Sussex Mummers' Christmas Carol."
The program of May 26 included the following selections:
Grainger's Sussex Carol, its hymnlike arrangement interpreted perfectly by Mr. Lionti, accompanied by Mr. Kim, was particularly appropriate for the location. Grace Church is a tiny Gothic jewel surviving (like the Grainger House!) amid the glass towers of modern White Plains. It has, with its high, carved, wooden gable ceiling, beautiful acoustics for the performance of chamber music.
Despite the rainy day, the audience was enthusiastic, and tried in vain to coax the three performers to play at least one encore after a program that was all too short. Alas, we had to be satisfied with a number of gracious curtain calls.
The concert, part of the "Downtown Music at Grace" series, was on Wednesday, May 26, at 12:10 P.M. Grace Church is located at the intersection of Main Street and Mamaroneck Avenue in White Plains. This project was made possible, in part, by the Arts Alive program of the Westchester Arts Council, with funding from the Decentralization Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.
BIOGRAPHY OF VINCENT LIONTI
Vincent Lionti has been a member of the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra since 1987. He holds Bachelor's and Master's Degrees from the Juilliard School where he was Principal Viola of each of the school's three orchestras. Mr. Lionti also studied chamber music with members of the Juilliard String Quartet. From 1983-1987 Mr. Lionti was a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, a faculty member at Macomb County Community College, a founding member of the Ventura String Quartet, and a member of the Renaissance City and Lyric Chamber Players. He has served as Guest Principal Viola for the Indianapolis, New Jersey, and American Symphony Orchestras as well as the Santa Fe Opera. He has appeared at many summer festivals, including the Casals, Bard, Waterloo, Meadowbrook, Adirondack, Sunflower, and Southhampton Music Festivals. Mr. Lionti is conductor of the Westchester County Youth Orchestra, and the New York University School of Music Orchestra.
The program of March 24, 2004 at Grace Church included the following selections:
As you can see if you have taken our "House Tour," there is a tradition of pets at the 7 Cromwell Place going back to the days of Percy and Ella, and even of Percy and his mother Rose.
Percy and Ella fed the neighborhood cats on the back porch (depicted on our "Kitchen" page. At the time of Ella's death, and for several years thereafter, her two gray tabby cats, Missy and Massy, were in residence. Rose, in her memoirs, described listening to the birds singing and feeding the squirrels, and how Percy admired the toads that lived in the yard (quoted on our "Porch" page).
Of late, two white cats, Tamara and Tallulah, have been the guardian animals of the place. In the fall of 2003, sadly, Tamara died. Included here are some pictures of Tamara and Tallulah, taken by Mark Grant, Vice President of the International Percy Grainger Society, who also contributed the obituary below.
"We announce with sadness the passing on October 20, 2003 of Tamara, the elder of the two white cats that have lived on the porch at 7 Cromwell Place since the late 1980s. (The other white cat, her granddaughter, Tallulah, who answers to the name "Whitey," survives.) Tamara, according to White Plains veterinarian Alvin Vogel, who treated her since 1988, was between 16 and 20 years old and for most of her life was healthy and robust. Tamara was a friendly and lovely cat, and an inveterate survivor, rebounding from a vicious animal attack and two cancer surgeries and living well in old age despite chronic kidney disease and deafness. In recent months, despite losing weight, she was still happy, active, and spry enough to negotiate every stair step from the street curb to the top floor of the Grainger House.
"Tamara received attentive, regular medical care from Dr. Vogel and consulting veterinary oncologist Gerald Post of Norwalk, Connecticut. When Tamara's cancer was found to have metastasized to her lungs (two years after her first tumor, a remarkable survival), and a crippling, painful bowel obstruction returned for the third time despite repeated treatment, she was put to sleep.
We are pleased to announce that recordings of the complete band music of Percy Grainger, performed by the University of Houston Wind Ensemble, are now available on four CD's.
The recordings, "The Music of Percy Grainger," can be obtained from
Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc.
The series was started by money donated to the International Percy Grainger Society, who co-produced the series, by Mark Custom Recording Service, Mark Morette, owner. The University of Houston also plans to do a sax CD of all of Grainger's sax music, next school year.
I am indebted to Leroy Osmon, who was Executive Producer for Vol. IV, and who did the program notes for it, for this news. Below are the contents of the four volumes:
Vol. I, Univ. of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green, cond.:
Vol. II, Univ. of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green, cond.:
Vol. III, Univ. of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green, Cond.:
Vol. IV, Univ. of Houston, Tom Bennett, cond.:
A thoroughly entertaining article in the "Westchester" section of the New York Times introduced Grainger, the Grainger House, and the International Percy Grainger Society to a wider audience. The column, which appeared on Sunday, June 8, 2003, was written by Anthony Aibel, conductor of the mentoring orchestra of the Music Conservatory of Westchester (see the the next news item).
The writing is fact-filled, outlining Grainger's life and accomplishments (as well as some of his eccentricities). Aibel describes, for example, not just Grainger's better known folksong arrangements, but his importance in creating an original repertory, not transcribed from orchestral music, for concert band. Aibel pauses whimsically to marvel at the "mysterious-looking" house, appearing "like a backdrop for an Alfred Hitchcock film."
The article should pique a few people's curiosity. It's worth looking up in the Times archives or at your library.
Note: The following concert in White Plains of Percy Grainger's music has now taken place, and was a great success.
The Music Conservatory of Westchester (formerly known as the Westchester Conservatory of Music), located at 216 Central Avenue, White Plains, at 7:30 pm on Friday February 28 presented the debut concert of their new mentoring orchestra conducted by Anthony Aibel in a program including four of Percy Grainger's works for orchestra: Country Gardens, The Immovable Do, Irish Tune from County Derry, and Shepherd's Hey. The program also included works by Aaron Copland, J.S. Bach, and Felix Mendelssohn. The concert, which opened the new concert hall at MCW, was sponsored by the Grammy Awards and was part of Grammy Fest 2003. Anthony Aibel was the principal conductor of the Westchester Symphony Orchestra for 10 years and on February 11 made a personal tour of 7 Cromwell Place hosted by Stewart Manville.
All were invited to come to this very special concert, the first performance of Grainger orchestra works in the city he made his home in at least a generation, if not ever.
Leroy Osmon, "His Name Was Percy Grainger":
"Announcing a new book on Percy Grainger by Leroy Osmon.
"His Name Was Percy Grainger: A Program Guide For the Band Works of Percy Aldridge Grainger, published by RBC Music Publishers, San Antonio, Texas (800) 548-0917 email@example.com
"Including letters and quotes never before in print from the personal collection of the author. A valuable reference for any director performing or researching the band works of this original Australian-American composer. A unique feature of the program notes is the inclusion of the words (as well as a wealth of historical background) to all the folk-songs which Grainger used in his compositions."
Malcolm Gillies and David Pear, "A Portrait of Percy Grainger"
Our attention has been called to a new book edited by Malcolm Gillies and David Pears, A Portrait of Percy Grainger (2002), published by the University of Rochester Press (Eastman Studies in Music). The book contains essays on Grainger by friends, acquaintances, and musical associates and by Grainger himself, and is illustrated with reproductions of scores, architectural drawings, and machine plans.
Percy Grainger has become a popular subject for dissertations. Names and titles can be found at the Web site http://wwwlib.umi.com/dissertations. However, only dissertations for the most current two years are available for free.
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