| 1882: Eccentric composer Percy Grainger
was born in Melbourne.
The Gramophone critic wrote that, like its predecessors, the third volume of Licad's 'Anthology of American Piano Music' is a model of imaginative programme-building: 'Aaron Copland's wistful 'Down a Country Lane' raises a gentle curtain upon early 19th-century composer Anthony Philip Heinrich's energetically naive 'The Minstrel's March.' This music provides a brilliant lead-in to the more strikingly idiosyncratic keyboard layout of Percy Grainger
's 'Spoon River,' where Licad manages to make the passages in extreme registers sound full-bodied.
In the color category, "Green Bushes" by Percy Grainger
, Symphonic Prelude on "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" by Alfred Reed, March and Scherzo from "The Love of Three Oranges" by Sergey Prokofiev, and the "Red Balloon" by Anne McGinty.
Alistair practises for two hours a day I'm finding The Man I Love by Gershwin, arranged by Percy Grainger
, the hardest to play.
This group of composers, which included Percy Grainger
and Cyril Scott, represented one of the first waves of British musical nationalism in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, and their song settings made generous use of the texts of many outstanding national poets; Blake, Herrick, Shakespeare, Sir Walter Raleigh, and more contemporary poets, Thomas Hardy, Walter de la Mare, the Rossettis, Robert Louis Stevenson, Alfred, Lord Tennyson, and Percy Bysshe Shelley, were favorite sources.
IN 2011 along with Kathryn Tickell, the BBC Singers and the Northern Symphonia Orchestra, the Wilson Family sang at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall in a concert to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Australian composer Percy Grainger
Scenes from the Louvre (Norman Dello Joio); The Seal Lullaby (Eric Whitacre); Molly on the Shore (Percy Grainger
); Popcopy Rated T (Scott McAllister); Give Us This Day (David Maslanka).
Moeran, George Butterworth, Philip Heseltine (aka Peter Warlock), Gerald Finzi, and Percy Grainger
(an Australian, though here treated as an honorary Englishman).
Materials were grouped by Mikhashoff reflecting his research interests and his thematic programming, including (1) folders of material related to Lukas Foss's composition of Solo for Piano for Mikhashoff with different states of the composition, (2) his research into and analysis of Charles Ives's Second Piano Sonata (Concord Sonata), (3) a reproduction of the holograph score for Sylvano Bussotti's Racine, pianobar pour Phedre (Mikhashoff performed the role of Monsieur Fred in the premiere) with Mikhashoffs emendations and portions of his adaptation of the piano solo, (4) a collection of works by Percy Grainger
including lesser-known experimental works and pieces for theremin, and (5) Virgil Thomson's series of musical portraits.
We heard two rarities, In a Nutshell and The Warriors, by the maverick Percy Grainger
, so rarely performed because of their costly demands, including Margaret Cookhorn's fruity heckelphone (Google it), an extragavanza of percussionists - what a brave sight arrayed across the top riser - and three grand pianos.
Most entries are short, making the book useful for a quick reference, although there are some lengthy entries: see aesthetic education, country music, Dalcroze method, fife and drum, and the biography of Percy Grainger
. In addition to entries in alphabetical order (pp.
To close, the duo pianists will bring the concert to a rousing finale with Percy Grainger
's Fantasy for Two Pianos on Gershwin's Porgy and Bess.