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Irish tune from County Derry

composer
Grainger's 1920 orchestral version

 
If any two popular works by Grainger have kept his name before the public, they are Country gardens and the Irish tune from County Derry (also known as The Londonderry air and Danny boy). Grainger’s first setting of the latter was for unaccompanied six-part wordless chorus in 1902 and called Irish folk song. Numerous other versions followed, including one for piano which much impressed Busoni (as also did Hill-song No 1) when Grainger played it to him. Another version for strings so impressed Alexander Siloti that he made his own solo piano version, not knowing of Grainger’s. Leopold Stokowski commissioned a brand new arrangement in 1949, one of half a dozen or so pieces selected by the great maestro for a special recording project. The version recorded here is the 'large room-music, elastically scored' orchestral version of 1920, for which Grainger employed a novel, hauntingly chromatic and highly effective harmonisation.

from notes by Steven Lloyd & Edward Johnson © 2020

Recordings

Grainger: Piano Music
CDA66884Archive Service
Grainger: The warriors & other orchestral works
Studio Master: SIGCD2164Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Love songs
Studio Master: CDA68341RECORD OF THE MONTH Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Piers Lane goes to town
Studio Master: CDA67967Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
There is sweet music
CSCD505Download only

Details

Track 12 on CDA66884 [3'26] Archive Service
Track 20 on CDA67967 [3'38]
Track 23 on CDA68341 [3'11] RECORD OF THE MONTH
Track 11 on CSCD505 [3'25] Download only
Track 2 on SIGCD2164 [5'26] Download only

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