The Percy Grainger Society
The Percy Grainger Society was founded in June 1978 in London. It has of the order of 500 members world-wide. Membership is open to all by payment of an annual subscription, and for this members receive two journals a year and the newsletter Random Round which keeps them informed of international activities in performance and scholarship. Contributors to the Grainger Society Journal include John Amis, Kay Dreyfus (author of Graingers letters Vol. 1), John Bird (Graingers main biographer), D. C. Parker (author of the first published monograph on Grainger) and Percy Grainger himself, through the medium of his many writings.
Membership to the Grainger Society carries with it access to the ever-growing Music Archive of Graingers compositions, the most extensive collection of his music in Europe. The majority of Graingers hitherto unpublished music is in the process of being brought into print by Bardic Edition in association with the Grainger Society and Estate.
A sound archive is also maintained including a number of rare recordings and performances made by the composer together with an extensive collection of CD albums, cassettes and LP albums of modern performances by others.
The Society is active in encouraging and organising recordings of Grainger’s compositions as well as assisting with programme building for concerts and other Grainger activities in general.
The University Library’s new scholarly publication, Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal was launched in May 2011. Edited by Dr David Pear (London) and Dr Belinda Nemec (Melbourne), Grainger Studies is an annual peer-reviewed journal. True to Grainger’s life philosophy with its ‘all-rounded’ attempt to savour as much in life as possible, Grainger Studies is not merely a journal about Percy Grainger — though he figures prominently in it and it is intended that he will continue to do so in future annual issues. But to reflect the wide intellectual scope of Grainger’s interests, the journal is intended to represent as authentically as possible the style in which he devoured knowledge so gluttonously.
In June 1941 Grainger wrote to his friend Henry Balfour Gardiner: ‘Most museums, most cultural endeavors, suffer from being subjected to TOO MUCH TASTE, TOO MUCH ELIMINATION, TOO MUCH SELECTION, TOO MUCH SPECIALISATION! What we want (in museums & cultural records) is ALL-SIDEDNESS, side-lights, cross-references.’ The editors hope that Grainger Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal will also realise this ambition.
The first issue includes articles on a diversity of topics: Kay Dreyfus’s tricky task of writing Grainger’s entry in the Australian dictionary of biography (Michael Piggott); Grainger, early music, democracy and freedom (Malcolm Gillies); racial stereotypes in colonial stage music (Mark Pinner); Chinese joss houses and postmodern architecture (Derham Groves); standardisation of performing pitch in Melbourne (Simon Purtell); kitsch in Grainger’s music (Peter Tregear); dress, moral reform and masculinity in Australia (Sharon Peoples) and a review by Eleanor Tan of The new Percy Grainger companion.
Now that issue #1 has been published, submissions are welcome for issue #2, which will be published in 2012. Submissions should be sent to one or both of the editors (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com) by 30 September 2011. Full details are available on the Grainger Studies web site. It is not essential for articles to discuss Percy Grainger or his work explicitly, but there must be a link between the topic of the article and something in Grainger’s range of interests.
The journal is published primarily in electronic format and is therefore available free of charge – see issue #1. Readers preferring a traditional printed format can purchase copies either in person or online from the Melbourne University Bookshop or at the Grainger Museum.
I have a question regarding Grainger that I'm hoping someone can answer.Grainger championed Cyril Scott's Op.66 Piano Sonata for several decades, in concerts from about 1910 to the 1950s. I have not found any reference to the existence of a recording or a tape of Grainger playing this sonata. Does anyone know if such a tape (private or otherwise) might exist? He was concertizing with it in the 1950s, when reel-to-reel tape recorders were around. I wouldn't be surprised if someone has such a tape. I would be very interested in hearing his rendition, since I am releasing my own recording of the work, which has been influenced by Grainger's profusely annotated working copy of it in the Grainger Museum.
For further information, membership subscription forms and general information contact The Percy Grainger Society, 6 Fairfax Crescent, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, HP20 2ES. Tel. 01296 428609 or Fax: 01296 581185 (International: + 44 1296 428609 or + 44 1296 581185) or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are in the USA, you now can now call us direct on a dedicated phone line using the new Skype phone system. The number is: (914) 816 1137. Calls charges apply but they will be cheaper than phoning direct to the UK. Please take note that time differences still apply when calling this number (UK currently 5 hours ahead of US Eastern time) (When requesting details by e-mail please include your full name and postal address ("snail-mail") alternatively you can print out a subscription form for UK Membership or for All Other Countries (Not USA see below). In order to open these files you need to obtain the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.
Membership details for the USA and Canada are available from: The International
Percy Grainger Society, 7 Cromwell Place, White Plains, NY 10601 or via their new
Edition (Volumes 1 - 19 now available)
An introduction to Percy Grainger - from Chandos Records CD: CHAN 2029
Grainger's “Chosen Gems for Winds and other works for wind band” - forthcoming from Chandos Records
CD recordings by Penelope Thwaites:
Penelope Thwaites, piano:
Edition Vol. 16 (music for piano solo I) -
from Chandos Records
CD: CHAN 9895
Grainger Edition Vol. 17 (music for piano solo II) - from Chandos Records CD: CHAN 9919
Grainger Edition vol. 19 (music for piano solo III) - from Chandos Records CD: CHAN10205
Chosen Gems for Piano - Unicorn-Kanchana CD: DKP 9127
(Although this recording is now unavailable in the UK, copies can still be obtained from the Berkshire Record Outlet in the USA)
Re-released as ‘Shepherd's Hey!’ Gems for Piano on Regis Records CD RRC 1107 - review
MULTI-PIANO with John Lavender, Wayne Marshall, Rhonda Gillespie, Anthony Gray and Barry Peter Ould
Grainger Edition Vol. 10 - Chandos Records CD: CHAN 9702
SONG RECORDINGS with Stephen Varcoe, Martyn Hill and Della Jones
Pagodes (arr. Grainger) -
Cala Records CD:
Jungle-Book Cycle - Hyperion Records CD: CDA66863
Grainger Edition Vol. 3 - Handel in the Strand - Chandos Records CD: CHAN 9499 - Also available as MP3 download
Full details of Penelope Thwaites’ important Grainger recordings can be viewed by clicking here.
of Percy Grainger (Collection) - ABC Classics/Eloquence CD
Over the Hills and Far Away (Piano Music Vol. 1, Leslie Howard, piano) - ABC Classics/Eloquence CD
Country Gardens (Piano Music Vol. 2, Leslie Howard, piano) - ABC Classics/Eloquence CD
Ye Banks and Braes (Collection - Cantillation) - ABC Classics
The Great Pianists, Vol. 4 -
World première recordings on Hyperion:
Grainger: Jungle Book (CDA66863)
Marc-André Hamelin, piano:
Grainger: Piano Music (CDA66884)
Piers Lane, piano:
and Reflections (Grainger transcriptions) (CDA67279)
Bach Transcriptions (CDA 67344)
English Music for Viola (CDH 55085)
Shakespeare's Kingdom (CDA 66136)
Smörgasbord (CDA 67184)
The Music of Percy Grainger Vol. I (University of Houston Wind Ensemble,
Eddie Green, Conductor)
The Music of Percy Grainger Vol. II (University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green, Conductor)
The Music of Percy Grainger Vol. III (University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Eddie Green, Conductor)
The Music of Percy Grainger Vol. IV (University of Houston Wind Ensemble, Tom Bennett, Conductor)
The Begian Years Vol. I (University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Harry Begian, Conductor) - Music of Percy Grainger [1st time on CD]
The Begian Years Vol. II (University of Illinois Symphonic Band, Harry Begian, Conductor) - Music of Percy Grainger [1st time on CD]
Grainger’s Saxophone Music (Karen Wylie, Saxophone) - forthcoming
Visit the website of Mark Custom Recording Service, Inc.
Kavina plays “Free Music No. 1” for 4 Theremins
Lydia Kavina plays “Free Music No. 2” and “Beatless Music” for 6 Theremins (also includes a different recording of “Free Music No. 1”)
Cowell and Grainger Saxophone Music (Ulrich Krieger, Saxophone) - forthcoming
List of Grainger CD albums available
Pioneering CD recordings of Grainger’s piano music by Martin Jones
Other CD albums:
Janine Sowden, piano:
Dallas Wind Symphony Recordings (Reference Recordings):
Lincolnshire Posy: Music for Band by Percy
Grainger (Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor) - HDCD RR-117
Crown Imperial: Festive Music for Organ, Winds, Brass and Percussion (Dallas Wind Symphony, Jerry Junkin, conductor; Mary Preston, organ) - HDCD - RR112 (includes: County Derry Air)
Pomp and Pipes: Powerful Music for Organ, Winds, Brass and Percussion (Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell, conductor; Paul Riedo, organ) - HDCD - RR-58CD (includes: The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart)
Beachcomber (Dallas Wind Symphony, Frederick Fennell, conductor) - HDCD - RR62CD (includes: Ye Banks and Braes O Bonnie Doon)
The New Percy Grainger Companion (Edited Penelope Thwaites)
Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger (Edited Malcolm Gillies, David Pear and Matt
Country Gardens and other works for piano (Edited by Joseph Smith)
His name was Percy Grainger (Edited by Leroy Osmon)
Orchestrational Archetypes in Percy Grainger’s Band Music (Brian Scott Wilson)
Percy Grainger: The Pictorial Biography
A Portrait of Percy Grainger (Edited by Malcolm Gillies and David Pear)
Hill Song I (the first Grainger study score) published by MPH, Germany
Carl Fischer Inc - New Critical Editions of Band Works
The Age - Eminent Australians (Percy Grainger)
Alphabetical List of Works
Alphabetical List of Grainger’s arrangements of other composers’ music - new!
ArkivMusic.com - an alphabetical listing of Grainger’s compositions giving the number of CD albums they are available on.
Australian Broadcasting Corporation - Interview with Warren Burt and Barry Ould on the George Negus show
Australian Music Centre’s Grainger Pages
Bardic Edition (Music Publisher) - List of works available for sale
Classical Music Archives (Grainger midi files)
Collaborating with Grainger (Burnett Cross)
The “Danny Boy” connection
David Tall (Founder Chairman of the Percy Grainger Society)
Dutch Grainger Web Site (maintained by Kees Kramer)
Edwin F. Kalmus (USA Music Publisher issuing various Grainger works)
English Composers and the Military Band
Forthcoming Concerts featuring Grainger’s Music
The Free Music Machines of Percy Grainger (Rainer Linz)
Grainger and Denmark (in Danish)
Grainger Obituary by Cyril Scott from the Musical Times
Grainger's Promotion of Grieg (Lionel Carley) [pdf document - needs Acrobat Reader]
Grainger: Grieg’s Interpreter and Propagator [pdf document - needs Acrobat Reader]
Grainger’s Saxophone music (compiled by Barry Peter Ould)
Grainger and Theremin (Free Music article with illustrations)
Grainger and the White House, Washington DC.
Grainger Wind Symphony, The (Australia)
Percy Aldridge Grainger
The Percy Grainger Composition Prize
Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra - Melbourne
The International Percy Grainger Society (USA)
Jacques-Emile Blanche's Portrait of Percy Grainger
Jon Rose Website about Grainger
Joseph Taylor (Unto Brigg Fair - information about the Leader recording) - Hear Joseph Taylor sing "Brigg Fair"
Joseph Taylor - detailed genealogical site with articles, photographs and sound files
The Kangaroo Pouch Machine
Kitty Parker (Site devoted to the Tasmanian pianist-composer who was a pupil of Grainger - musical examples of her compositions)
Lincolnshire Folk Archive Grainger Collection
Lincolnshire Posy (Information about the music and words as used in Grainger’s compositions)
Masters Music Publications, Inc. Grainger Editions of Wind Band Music
Natalie Curtis, Busoni and Percy Grainger
Penelope Thwaites (A Grainger Discography)
The Percy Project
Random Round - An interactive realisation of Grainger's celebrated composition by the Virtual Ensemble of the Philharmonia Orchestra - new!
Schott Music (Music Publisher)
Selection of texts set to music by Percy Aldridge Grainger
The Significance of Percy Grainger - Timothy Reynish
Silver Burdett Group - Percy Grainger Page
Thou Gracious Power [Scorch File]
United States Marine Band “The President’s Own” - latest news about new Grainger CD
Unto Brigg Fair - Recordings of Joseph Taylor etc.
The Warriors - 1996) A critical edition and exploration of Percy Grainger's The Warriors - Music to an Imaginary Ballet. Research Master thesis, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne. (
West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide - Grainger's final resting place
White Hat Tours (Australia) - Grainger Page
ArkivMusic.com - an alphabetical listing of Grainger’s compositions giving the number of CD albums they are available on.
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