Percy Grainger

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Oxford University Press, Sep 10, 1992 - Biography & Autobiography - 166 pages
A man of extraordinary charisma, Percy Grainger was at once a legendary virtuoso pianist, a composer of highly original music, an arranger, and a "disher up" of folk music who pierced to the music's heart, and figure of some historical significance in relation to ethnomusicology and musiceducation. A study of the music of this paradoxical figure, this book looks at the musical influence on his compositions of folk-song and of Grieg, and of those apparent polar opposites, Delius and Bach. It examines some of his more significant pieces in detail; considers his work in recreatingtraditional material and the music of others; sees him as a champion and transcriber of what is now known as Early Music; and looks at his sometimes alarmingly eccentric notions as to music's nature and purpose. Overriding barriers between art, folk, and pop music, Grainger is difficult tocategorize, and is, in the history of music, unique.

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rippingly boyish
The Lonely Desert Man and
Grainger and the Human
Grainger and the Human
Music as Ritual Action and Magic Spell
Rambling and Meandering through
The Transcriptions and Concert
Postlude Grainger as Green Man
An Anthropological Note
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About the author (1992)

About the Author:
Wilfrid Mellers, a music critic and Professor of Music at York University, is the author of A Darker Shade of Pale: A Backdrop to Bob Dylan, Bach and the Dance of God, and numerous other books.

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