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Hill-song No 2


The two Hill-songs, which both set off in 'fast walking measure', are closely interrelated, as the composer’s own note explains:

Hill-song No 2 is the result of a wish to present the fast, energetic elements of Hill-song No 1 as a single-type whole, without contrasting types of a slower, more dreamy nature. To this end, the bulk of the fast, energetic elements (of Hill-song No 1) were used, together with about the same extent of new material of a like character, and composed in London in April 1907, in which month the whole was put into shape. Hill-song No 2 was scored April 8-20, 1907, at Svinkløv, Jutland, Denmark, for 24 wind instruments, and dished up for two pianos, August 21-23, 1907, at Svinkløv.

The Hill-songs are available in their original versions for woodwind and also for two pianos and, in the case of Hill-song No 2, for wind band and for symphony orchestra without trombones, tuba or violins (as recorded here for the first time). Grainger dedicated this work to his life-long friend Balfour Gardiner, whose concerts in 1912 and 1913 helped establish Grainger’s reputation as a composer.

from notes by Steven Lloyd & Edward Johnson © 2020


Grainger: The warriors & other orchestral works
Studio Master: SIGCD2164Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Track-specific metadata for SIGCD2164 track 10

Recording date
28 February 1989
Recording venue
South Melbourne Town Hall, Australia
Recording producer
Tim Handley
Recording engineer
Tim Handley
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  1. Grainger: The warriors & other orchestral works (SIGCD2164)
    Disc 1 Track 10
    Release date: November 2020
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