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Percy Grainger

Percy Grainger (Composer)

Born: 8th July 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died: 20th February 1961, New York, U.S.A

Nationality: Australian, American

Percy Aldridge Grainger was an Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist who lived in the United States from 1914 and became an American 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".

Grainger left Australia at the age of 13 to attend the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt. Between 1901 and 1914 he was based in London, where he established himself first as a society pianist and later as a concert performer, composer and collector of original folk melodies.

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The fiftieth anniversary of the Australian pianist, composer and all-round eccentric brings reissues of his own recordings on APR and a tribute from Benjamin Britten and friends, plus the Jungle Book from John Mark Ainsley, Polyphony and Stephen Layton.

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