Random round : flexible instrumentation
by Percy Grainger (1943)
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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.
Library shelf no. Q 782.554/GRA 1 [Available for loan]
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Instrumentation: Voices, gut-string guitar, various instruments.
Performances of this work
19 Jan 2021: at 12 Hands 6 Grands (Sydney Town Hall).
23 Oct 16.
23 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).
22 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).
16 Oct 2016: at Musical Maverick (Melba Hall).
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.