October 16, 2017

Lincolnshire Posy

I. Lisbon

II. Horkstow Grange

III. Rufford Park Poachers

IV. The Brisk Young Sailor

V. Lord Melbourne

VI. The Lost Lady Found

Percy Grainger

Born: July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died: February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York

Composed:

Duration: 20 minutes

Lincolnshire Posy was written as a commission for the 1937 American Bandmasters Association convention in Milwaukee, Wisc...

October 25, 2016

Colonial Song

Percy Grainger

Born: July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died: February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York

Original Instrumentation: Two Voices (Soprano and Tenor), Harp, and Full Orchestra

Composed: 1911

"Dished-Up": 1918, Percy Grainger

Duration: 6 minutes

University of Maryland Wind Ensemble

"Kaleidoscope of Bands"

Friday, December 9, 2016, 8:00 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert H...

October 17, 2016

Prelude in the Dorian Mode (Tiento del Segundo Tono)

Antonio de Cabezón

Born: March 30, 1510, Castrillo Mota de Judíos, Spain

Died: March 26, 1566, Madrid, Spain

Original Instrumentation: Organ

Composed: c. 1550

Arranged: Percy Grainger, 1937-1941

Duration: 4:30

University of Maryland Wind Orchestra

"Variations on a Revolution"

Saturday, November 5, 2016, 8:00 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelbou...

October 5, 2016

The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol

Percy Grainger

Born: July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died: February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York

Original Instrumentation: Folk Song, Piano

Composed: 1905-1911

Arranged: 1963, Richard Franko Goldman

Duration: 4 minutes

University of Maryland Wind Ensemble

"Carmina Burana"

Friday, October 28, 2016, 8:00 pm

Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Concert Hall

Clarice Smit...

November 3, 2015

Children’s March: “Over the Hills and Far Away”

Percy Aldridge Grainger

Born July 8, 1882, Melbourne, Australia

Died February 20, 1961, White Plains, New York

Original Instrumentation: Piano

Instrumentation: Piano and Military Band

Duration: 8 minutes

Composed: 1916-1918

Among the works begun or completed during Percy Grainger’s time as an enlisted United States Army Bandsman, the Children's M...

October 26, 2010

Grainger's Colonial Song certainly unique when considered alongside many of Grainger's works. The piece began as a piano solo for his mother, but Grainger arranged into several different versions. A listing of the orchestrations is below.

-2 voices, harp, orchestra

-Military band

-Violin, cello, piano

-Theater orchestra

-Small orchestra

Also of note is that the melody is not a folk melody, b...

October 3, 2010

Written for a brass ensemble, Percy Grainger's Duke of Marlborough Fanfare is a shorter work for winds that, in many ways, is an underperformed and under appreciated piece for the medium. Program notes are below, as well as a recording.

Percy Grainger's Duke of Marlborough Fanfare takes its inspiration from an 18th-century broadside ballad, probably written relatively close to the event...

August 9, 2010

Percy Grainger was featured on today's Composers Datebook. See below!

Composers Datebook audio (8/9/2010)

Grainger and Shostakovich go public

On today's date in 1928, Percy Grainger -- Australian-born American composer, pianist and folk song collector -- was married to Ella Viola Ström, a Swedish poet and painter. It was a very public ceremony that took place in the Hollywood Bowl amphith...

July 25, 2010

Irish Tune from County Derry, another Percy Grainger classic for wind band, is certainly one of the more popular and one of the most beautiful pieces written for band. In band performances, it frequently appears with Shepherd's Hey (which will be featured in tomorrow's blog post) since the two pieces for many years were published together. Like most of Grainger's music, Irish Tune feat...

July 18, 2010

Today's post will be the last post on Grainger for the time being and will focus on another classic of the wind band repertoire: Hill Song No. 2.

Hill Song No. 2 is an example of another piece that has been arranged in several ways. Grainger orchestrated the piece for Piano 4-hands, orchestra, and wind band. Since the wind band version was only written for twenty three instruments, many...

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