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Track(s) taken from CDH55454

Hornpipe from Watermusic

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

Piers Lane (piano)
Recording details: April 2001
Henry Wood Hall, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Amanda Hurton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: June 2002
Total duration: 1 minutes 42 seconds

Cover artwork: Front illustration by Roland Piper (b?)


'Inspired re-creations … strongly recommended to connoisseur and newcomer alike … Grainger's eclectic, idiosyncratic piano transcriptions, despatched with light-fingered clarity. Strauss swoons, Stephen Foster's all of a tingle. Excellent notes, too' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Le pianiste joue franc jeu et rend un bel hommage au compositeur' (Le Monde de la Musique, France)
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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