Who Was Percy Grainger's Influence

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Imagine that your a great composer! You made amazing songs, then listen to their first performance! Your filthy rich and you have a huge collection of folk music! This man was Percy Grainger, he made multiple big hits that spread across the world! His music was quite an influence towards many new songs! Percy Grainger was a composer, that didn’t have the best early life, but had many experiences in many countries! His father, and mother weren’t the best, but he had em’. He was born in Melbourne, Australia on July 8, 1882 to John Grainger and Rose Annie Aldridge. His mom and dad divorced around the young age of 7! This lead to his mother raising John Grainger by herself! Her mother was a major influence in his life. According to the article,…show more content…
In England Percy Grainger established himself as a name to reckon with in the world of music! He made his first appearance as piano soloist with orchestra in February 1902. Along this time he started collecting folk songs like mad, he had a collection of over 300 folk songs! Grainger was also a pioneer in the usage of phonographs, which he used to record these songs. He had a collection of over 200 Edison cylinders with songs of native folk singers. It was around this time that he became popular enough to be acquainted with famous musicians of the time! He met Frederick Delius in 1907. This was the start of a friendship that lasted until Delia's death in 1934. In 1908, he obtained the tune of his famous ‘Country Songs’, though it was only much later that he gave it the form of a performable piece. At this time he composed some of his most famous songs! Such as, ‘Mock Morris’, ‘Molly on the Shore’ and ‘Shepherd’s Hey’ and others. By 1911, he had established himself as a top pianist and started publishing his own works. In 1912, at a concert at the Aeolian Hall in London, Grainger, for the first time, presented a concert where only his works were…show more content…
What next? In 1914, World War 1 broke out! He left England, with his mother, and settled in the U.S.A! According to the Article, “After a few tours of the country and many concerts over two years and having applied for the citizenship there, Grainger joined the U.S army as bandsman in Coast Artillery Corps. It was during this tenure that Grainger set to tune the piece ‘Country Gardens’, the work that tends to be associated with him more than any other works of his. In June 1918, Grainger became a naturalized U.S. citizen.” The years following war, showed as Percy Grainger’s best. He was performing up to 120 concerts a year! He even lead a class in the piano technique at the Chicago Musical College. In 1921, he set up his residence in White Plains, New York and stayed there for the rest of his life! Sadly, his life started going down hill. His mother’s health was deteriorating. (going downhill.) His mother took her life in April 30, 1922, she committed suicide by jumping off a building. This hit Percy hard, but allowed him to have a relationship that his mother won't mess up. He then got married in 1928. In the early 1920’s and late 1930’s, Grainger took up many projects in his role as an educationist. He even served as a professor at New York Academy for a year! According to the article, “ During this tenure, he did his best to introduce the students to a wide range of ancient and modern works. However, it was not a happy association

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