Percy Grainger was acquainted with many of the leading musicians and composers of his time, including Vaughan Williams, Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss, and Claude Debussy. In 1907, he met Frederick Delius, with whom he achieved an immediate rapport since the two musicians had similar ideas about composition and harmony and shared a dislike for the classical German masters. Both were inspired by folk music; Grainger gave Delius his setting of the folk song Brigg Fair, which Delius developed into his famous orchestral rhapsody, dedicated to Grainger. This program will explore these collegial relationships and others.
Presented by Dana Paul Perna, an American composer-musicologist at the forefront of endorsing the music of Percy Grainger through his works for orchestra, concert band and chorus.
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The Percy Grainger Society's programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.