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The Music Lover's Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy; Danish Folk-Music Suite / "President's Own" Marine Band, Michael J. Colburn

Album Summary

>Grainger, Percy : Lincolnshire Posy
>Grainger, Percy : I'm Seventeen Come Sunday, folk song for chorus & brass (BFMS 8)
>Grainger, Percy : Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, folk song for brass or wind band (BFMS 22)
>Grainger, Percy : Spoon River, folk song for band
>Grainger, Percy : Danish Folk Music Suite, for orchestra (elastic scoring) (DFMS 1, 2, 9, 10)
>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (County Derry Air), folk song for military band & organ (edited by Pete
>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore, folk song for military band (BFMS 23)
>Grainger, Percy : The Widow's Party, for male chorus & miltary band (KS 7)
>Grainger, Percy : Marching Song of Democracy, for wind band with optional chorus
>Grainger, Percy : The Lost Lady Found, folk song for voice, chorus & small ensemble (BFMS 33)
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Notes & Reviews:

The newest release from Altissimo! celebrates the music of Percy Grainger, both familiar and unknown, recorded live in 2011 at a concert given in observation of the 50th anniversary of composer death, performed by the "President's Own" US Marine Band under Colonel Michael J. Colburn in collaboration with the Choral Arts Society of Washington. The title The Music Lover's Grainger was borrowed from one of Grainger's many unfinished publishing projects, reflecting the world première recordings featured on the program. These include a version of "The Lost Lady Found", the final number of Lincolnshire Posy, transcribed for band and chorus, based on Grainger's original setting for chorus and orchestra; the original, unpublished band version of "Spoon River", reconstructed from the recently discovered manuscript parts; and a rarely heard, otherworldly harmonization of the "Londonderry Air", the tune of "Danny Boy", scored for band, chorus, and organ. A significant amateur ethnomusicologist, Grainger drew extensively from folksong, collecting several hundred tunes from the English countryside himself. The repertoire recorded here includes English, Irish, Scottish, American, and Danish influences.

American Record Guide, May/June 2016
What brings me back to this again and again is 'Ye Banks and Braes'. This is the only recording of this Grainger arrangement, which began life in 1901 scored for "women's and/or children's unison chorus accompanied by four men's voices and whistlers (harmonium or organ)". In 1932 he created an instrumental scoring to combine with the choral arrangement. The result - recorded here for the first time - is amazing. It is utterly beautiful. Everything on this album is from Grainger's large collection of British Folk Music Settings or, in the case of the Danish suite, from a collection he made of 200 Danish folk songs.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, North (06/21/2010-06/25/2010).



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>Grainger, Percy : Lincolnshire Posy
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1905-1937

>Grainger, Percy : I'm Seventeen Come Sunday, folk song for chorus & brass (BFMS 8)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Grainger, Percy : Ye Banks and Braes O' Bonnie Doon, folk song for brass or wind band (BFMS 22)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1901-1932

>Grainger, Percy : Spoon River, folk song for band
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919-1941

>Grainger, Percy : Danish Folk Music Suite, for orchestra (elastic scoring) (DFMS 1, 2, 9, 10)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1922-1928

>Grainger, Percy : Irish Tune from County Derry (County Derry Air), folk song for military band & organ (edited by Pete
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1920

>Grainger, Percy : Molly on the Shore, folk song for military band (BFMS 23)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1907-1920

>Grainger, Percy : The Widow's Party, for male chorus & miltary band (KS 7)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1906-1926

>Grainger, Percy : Marching Song of Democracy, for wind band with optional chorus
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1901-1948

>Grainger, Percy : The Lost Lady Found, folk song for voice, chorus & small ensemble (BFMS 33)
  • Conductor: Michael Colburn
  • Ensemble: United States Marine Band
  • Notes: Rachel M. Schlesinger Concert Hall & Arts Center, Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria ca (06/21/2010-06/25/2010)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 42 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1910-1938