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Random round

by Percy Grainger (1943)

Audio Sample

Performance by Penelope Thwaites, Wayne Marshall, John Lavender, Rhondda Gillespie, Antony Gray from the CD Works for pianos.

This sample is of the Quintets: Keyboards version of this work

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Midnight songs / Three.

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Works for chorus and orchestra, 3.

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Works for pianos.

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Score & Part

Random round / Percy Grainger.

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Score

Random round / Percy Grainger.

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Madrugada : music from Latin America and Australia.

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Skeleton in the museum / by Jon Rose and the Blisters Ensemble.

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Score

Random round : a join-in-when-you-like round for a few voices & tone-tools (instruments), tone-backgrounded (accompanied) by a gut-string guitar / by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Flexible instrumentation Available for loan Non-Commercial  

Parts

Random round : a join-in-when-you-like round for a few voices & tone-tools (instruments), tone-backgrounded (accompanied) by a gut-string guitar / by Percy Aldridge Grainger.

Keyboard ensembles Not for loan Non-Commercial  

Work Details

Year: 1943

Duration: 6 min.

Performances of this work

2 Mar 2019: at ANAM 2019 Opening Concert (Australian National Academy of Music (ANAM)). Featuring ANAM Orchestra of the Academy, ANAM Musicians.

15 Jun 2018: at SSO Percussion Stars (Tea & Symphony) (Sydney Opera House, Concert Hall). Featuring Sydney Symphony Orchestra Percussionists.

2 Apr 2017: at St Silas Sundays no. 1 (Grainger) (St Silas Anglican Church). Featuring ANAM Musicians, Peter Neville.

23 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).

23 Oct 16.

22 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).

16 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).

6 Aug 2011: at Festival Farewell! (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Phillipa Candy, Piers Lane, Danny Driver, Daniel de Borah, Richard Contiguglia, John Contiguglia.

15 Jul 2011: at Elision Ensemble (St Andrew Holborn). Featuring Elision Ensemble.

31 Jul 2010: at Governor's Gala Concert (Townsville Civic Theatre). Featuring Synergy Percussion, Goldner String Quartet.

7 Apr 2010: at MAC in Action! (Basil Jones Orchestral Hall).

14 May 2009: at Bach, Grainger, Grieg (Albert Hall, Canberra).

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My favourite Australian art song repertoire

Posted by Australian Music Centre on 22 July, 2013

The AMC asked leading practitioners to select their favourite Australian art song repertoire, to provide delegates to the 2013 International Conference of Vocal Teachers (Brisbane 2013) with an introduction to this rich and diverse landscape.
A delightful work by this great experimenter, showing his interest in breaking down conventions such as prescribed instrumentation, and prescribed form. This is a flexible, exuberant round in contrasting sections, made up of short melodic phrases and accompanying ostinati, strongly influenced by folk music, but with the distinctive harmonic language and sense of drama that make Grainger’s compositional voice so recognisable. The form and length of the piece should vary at every performance, with the “Band Boss” holding up cards to indicate which section should come next. Lyrical, wordless, interweaving vocal lines are a joy to sing, and the whole piece provides great fun for performers and audience alike. 
Jeannie Marsh