By Brenda Tremblay ~ Posted Wed, 07/28/2010 - 10:54am
Percy Grainger was born in Australia in 1882. Until recently, he was pegged as a lightweight because of his folk song arrangements. Recent releases reveal a more serious side, one that’s funny and sad, reflective and violent. We heard one of his popular pieces as today’s mystery work, “Molly on the Shore.”
Bob, a listener from Rochester, says he met Grainger. Bob writes,
“Sometime during my stint with the Lehigh University Band (circa 1950). As a visiting dignitary, he came down to the band room to talk with Bill Schempf (our Eastman-educated bandmaster) and the three of us happened to be in the same spot at the same time! I was introduced. (End of story, unfortunately.) We had some pretty sophisticated music at that 'engineering' school. As a freshman, I attended a piano recital by Francis Poulenc, no less -- didn't get to shake his hand. And I believe Henry Cowell gave a recital in the same series.”
Whom have you met? Would like to meet?