Percy Grainger

On the 8th of July 1882 Per­cy Grainger was born in Mel­bourne, in the then Colony of Vic­to­ria (now part of Aus­tralia).

His pre­co­cious musi­cal tal­ents saw him give pub­lic per­for­mances at the age of 12. Trav­els through Europe and the US saw Grainger in con­tact with numer­ous musi­cians, and saw him build friend­ships with fel­low com­posers such as Edvard Grieg, Fred­er­ick Delius, Vaugh­an Williams, Sir Edward Elgar, Richard Strauss and Claude Debussy.

While Grainger nev­er quite achieved the fame of many of his con­tem­po­raries, his appre­ci­a­tion is slow­ly com­ing to light.

Today’s pro­gramme includes record­ings of Grainger’s works in addi­tion to those of con­tem­po­rary com­posers, Grieg, Delius, Vaugh­an Williams, Holst and Elgar.

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