Autograph musical quotation signed "Percy Grainger," inscribed "Yrs heartily." Percy GRAINGER.

Autograph musical quotation signed "Percy Grainger," inscribed "Yrs heartily."

Oblong octavo. On an album leaf (ca. 93 x 160 mm). In black ink.

Five measures, being the opening of the Marching Song of Democracy. Notated in treble clef on one hand-drawn staff. In 2/2 time with a key signature of six sharps.

Slightly worn and browned.

"Marching Song of Democracy [composed in 1901, 1908, and 1915, and scored in 1915 and 1916] was inspired by the poetry by Walt Whitman and a chance encounter with a public statue of George Washington at the Paris Exhibition of 1900. Grainger’s original plan was to write the work for voices and whistlers only, and to have it performed by a chorus of men, women, and children singing and whistling to the rhythmic accompaniment of their tramping feet as they marched along in the open air. Later Grainger realised the need for instrumental colour, and this led him to score it for the concert hall – although he did stress that ‘an athletic, out-of-door spirit must be understood to be behind the piece from start to finish’." Presto Classical online.

"Best known for his settings of British folk music, [Grainger] was also an innovative composer of original works and ‘free music’, and an accomplished performer." Malcolm Gillies and David Pear in Grove Music Online. Item #27060

Price: $450.00  other currencies

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