Friday, 27 September 2019

1195) Percy Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (born George Percy Grainger; 1882 – 1961). Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist who lived in the United States from 1914 on and became a citizen in 1918. In the course of a long and innovative career, he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century. Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune "Country Gardens".

- " I played with Percy Grainger - he conducted, with his flaming red hair, a strange, strange man, fascinating and very powerful.

- "A striking individual with blue eyes and brilliant orange hair, Percy gave his first public performance at the age of 12, and critics hailed him as a new prodigy.

- "Startlingly good-looking, with red hair and finely-chiselled features, Grainger must have cut quite a figure on the concert platform."…/…/15/annals-brooklyns-musical

- "Percy Grainger, an Australian-born composer prodigy with a handsome English face and wavelets of longish ginger hair..."…

- "To this day, I remember Grainger with his mop of red hair..."…

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