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Percy Grainger

  • Birth 8 Jul 1882 Melbourne, Melbourne City, Victoria, Australia
  • Death 20 Feb 1961 White Plains, Westchester County, New York, USA
  • Burial Adelaide, Adelaide City, South Australia, Australia
  • Memorial ID 10394

Very original composer, pianist and inventor. Composer of numerous odd and enchanting folk song and sea chantey arrangements for soloists, chorus and orchestra. He was a promethean, German-trained pianist well-known the world over early in the 20th century, especially for his athletic performances of the music of Grieg. Became an American citizen in 1914. his invention, at nearly 70 years of age, of a 'free music machine' presaged later developments in electronic and computer music. His life was marred by his mother's suicide. She leapt from a window in new York City in 1922 after publicized allegations that she and Percy had a sexual relationship. later, he married a woman who looked quite a bit like her, adding to the speculation. He had a pronounced affinity for masochism. He established the Grainger Museum in Melbourne, Australia and donated many of his musical pieces as well as his collection of whips. Currently, all of his music is being recorded by Chandos Records, Ltd.


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  • Maintained by: Find A Grave
  • Added: 8 Jul 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 10394
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Percy Grainger (8 Jul 1882–20 Feb 1961), Find A Grave Memorial no. 10394, citing West Terrace Cemetery, Adelaide, Adelaide City, South Australia, Australia ; Maintained by Find A Grave .