The Grainger edition vol. 16 : Works for solo piano 1
This is the first disc in The Grainger Edition to contain works for solo piano. Penelope Thwaites is a leading authority on Grainger's music and has had a long association with The Percy Grainger Society.
When the young Percy Grainger enrolled
at Dr Hoch's Conservatoire in Frankfurt-am-Main and had just
begun his piano studies with James Kwast, he had just reached the
minimum age for entry (thirteen years). He had of course already
appeared in his native homeland as a pianist and won suitable
His student days lasted from the autumn
of 1895 to spring 1900. According to surviving records,
Grainger's lessons in counterpoint with Ivan Knorr did not take
place until the 1897/98 term and were not pursued for the whole
year. Up to this period Grainger had already composed a small
collection of what he was later to call 'Childhood Works' and
which were presented in an album as a 'birthday gift' to his
mother in 1893. These consisted of various anthems and piano
pieces all very much in the style of Handel or similar. An
unfinished Piano Concerto appeared in 1896 which was to be
followed in 1897 by a Rondo for Piano, four hands, a Klavier
Quartette based on the same material as used in the Rondo and the
Drei Klavierstücke for piano solo.
Much has been made of Grainger's supposed aversion to the piano - the instrument upon which his livelihood depended - but it is obvious to anyone who investigates his piano music that he thought as freshly about the musical possibilities of the instrument as he did about everything else.
Duration: 79 min.
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