Best known for 'Country Gardens', Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger was a force of nature. For him, music and his personal obsessions were one and the same thing. Here are some of his more peculiar pastimes.
A History of Sexualities explores how sexual practices and identities have evolved, been represented and expressed, from prehistory to the present day. Students in the subject explore the ways in which sexualities have multiple histories and how they remain highly contested in the majority of cultures. As the students learnt in their seminars, the Grainger Museum offers a rare opportunity to explore aspects of auto-eroticism and flagellation for sexual gratification in a case-study of Percy Grainger, including the social contexts of his practices and attitudes to his sexuality expressed by himself, his family and friends.
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 ". Grainger left Australia at the age of 13 to attend the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt.
The arranger of the famous Country Gardens had a collection of photographs that includes approximately 15, images. A selection of these can be seen at a new exhibition titled Grainger: Public Facades and Intimate Spaces at the Grainger Museum in Melbourne, which explores the dichotomy between the professional studio images Grainger used to promote himself and the far more intimate, private photographs with which he recorded his personal life. Grainger arrived in England in at the age of 19, quickly establishing himself as a pianist.
F ew melodies have become quite as insinuatingly popular as Percy Grainger 's arrangement of the traditional air In an English Country Garden. The piece has been performed by everyone from Leopold Stokowski to the Muppetsthough Grainger quickly grew to loathe the tune: "A typical English country garden is more likely to be a vegetable plot than used to grow flowers," he complained, "so you can think of turnips as I play it. Fifty years after his death, it is hard to conceive how great a celebrity the Australian composer, pianist and folk-song collector once was.
These letters were equally engrossing — but as I read on, I knew in my gut I should keep them locked away. But these letters were not meant for me. Rather, I stumbled upon books in which these letters were featured.
The history, art history and architecture of Britain and its Empire, Europe, the Mediterranean and North America, Hi Hels. This one is difficult for me.
FEW White Plains residents realize that right in the center of their city, there's a landmark—a fascinating museum of sorts, though it isn't open to the public. During his lifetime, Grainger was celebrated primarily as a pianist, but more than of his compositions have been published and many are still in manuscript form. In recent years several concerts have been devoted entirely to his music, and publishers in New York, London and Sydney continue to print his works. There is an official Percy Grainger Museum at the University of Melbourne, the city in which the artist was born in
Percy Grainger was born in Melbourne in and for much of his life was noted primarily as a successful concert pianist and composer of small-scale keyboard works. He was also a tireless researcher and arranger of folk songs, particularly in Britain and Scandinavia, attracting praise from Britten and Grieg, among others. After moving to the US with his mother Rose, Grainger worked on unique instruments of his own devising, while also establishing a museum dedicated to his life and career in Melbourne in
If you outlined Percy Grainger's personality in a film scenario, any script editor worth his salt would blue-pencil it immediately: far too improbable to retain the audience's credulity. Prolific composer, of music that both enjoyed instant popular success and pre-empted the experiments of the radical avant-garde decades later. Virtuoso pianist, one of the first to hit the international circuit.