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Hornpipe from Watermusic

written out on 28 July 1922; Free Settings of Favourite Melodies No 1

Percy Grainger (piano)
Recording details: February 1924
Columbia Records America, USA
Release date: February 2011
Total duration: 2 minutes 20 seconds

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Piers Lane (piano)


'Here’s something a little bit special to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the death of Percy Grainger … Grainger was a charismatic pianist and also a discographic pioneer. He was entrusted with some important ‘first ever’ recordings … this set will appeal both to collectors of historic piano recordings, but also to admirers of the composer … the transfers have been effected with great skill by Ward Marston [and] the fine booklet note is by that doyen of Grainger biographers and scholars, John Bird. So, a wonderful set' (MusicWeb International)» More

'The best of Grainger’s shellac efforts retain their vividness and communicative immediacy. Even if Grainger had never met and befriended Grieg, his interpretations of the composer still would bear an 'authentic' imprimatur for their rhythmic verve, nervous energy, and bold projection of melodies' (ClassicsToday.com)» More
The two first numbers of the ‘Free Settings of Favourite Melodies’ were written out on 28 July 1922 whilst Grainger was teaching at the Chicago Musical College. The Hornpipe from Handel’s Water Music, however, appears to have been thought out earlier than this. It is a straightforward treatment of the original melody, though technically more demanding than it sounds.

from notes by Barry Peter Ould © 2002

Le 28 juillet 1922 Grainger met par écrit ses deux premières «Adaptations libres de mélodies favorites», alors qu’il enseigne à la Faculté de musique de Chicago. Il semble toutefois avoir songé au Hornpipe de la Water Music de Haendel avant cette date. La mélodie originale y est traitée simplement, bien que cette pièce soit plus exigeante techniquement qu’il n’y paraît à l’entendre.

extrait des notes rédigées par Barry Peter Ould © 2002
Français: Josée Bégaud

Am 28. Juli 1922 schrieb Grainger außerdem die ersten beiden Nummern der „Free Settings of Favourite Melodies“, als er am Chicago Musical College unterrichtete. Die Hornpipe aus Händels Wassermusik scheint jedoch früher konzipiert worden zu sein. Es handelt sich hierbei um eine unkomplizierte Behandlung der Melodie, obwohl sie technisch anspruchsvoller ist als es sich anhört.

aus dem Begleittext von Barry Peter Ould © 2002
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

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