July 8, birthday of Percy Grainger: Free Music No. 1 (For Four Theremins) [1936]

Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882 – 1961) is probably best known as a champion of English folk songs, many of which he arranged for orchestra.  That’s all I really knew about him and it didn’t surprise me to learn he was friends with Delius and Grieg.  What did surprise me, however, was that he was a bit of an innovator, even writing pieces for the theremin, which you will know from 1950s and 60s sci-fi films like “The Day the Earth Stood Still.”

Free Music No. 1 (For Four Theremins) [1936]


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3 Responses to July 8, birthday of Percy Grainger: Free Music No. 1 (For Four Theremins) [1936]

  1. Pingback: July 8, birthday of Percy Grainger: Free Music No. 1 (For Four Theremins) [1936] — Kurt Nemes’ Classical Music Almanac | I Write The Music

  2. kvennarad says:

    I must say I have always loved Grainger’s ‘diddle-diddle-dump-dump’ music, and I confess my ignorance of his experiments with the theremin.

    Speaking of which, here’s a treat for you – Howard Shore’s music for ‘Ed Wood’

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