John Bird's acclaimed biography of the Australian-born composer and pianist Percy Grainger gives the first full account of the life and works of one of the strangest figures in twentieth-century music. Behind Grainger's highly original compositional achievements, folksong collecting, and glittering career as a virtuoso concert pianist lay a tragic and chaotic personal life--long domination by his mother, unorthodox sexual predilections, an eccentric athleticism, a demonic spiritual drive, and a wildly inconsistent personal philosophy with Anglo-Saxon obsessions such as his famous "Blue-Eyed English." A list of published compositions, a current discography of performances by Grainger, and a selection of his seminal writings complete what has already proved to be a standard work.
This fully revised edition includes much new biographical material from John Bird's continuing research. Grainger's reputation and popularity as a uniquely individual composer continue to grow, and this book remains the definitive biography.
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"Bird charts the course of his subject admirably, dealing with Grainger's notorious sexual proclivities, in particular, with tact and compassion. He also writes vividly of Grainger's mythic physical dynamism, perverse racial views, self-destructive generosity and obsessive relationship with his mother."--Times Literary Supplement
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Book Description 1977. (South Melbourne), Macmillan, (1977). Reprint. Cloth, spine ends shelf-worn, fore-edge sl. foxed, name on half-title else v.g. in frayed d/w, illust., pp. xv, 317. ISBN 0 333 22929 0. Bookseller Inventory # 106719
Book Description Macmillan, Melbourne, 1976. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Very Good. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. First Edition. xv, 317pp, index, appendices, bibliography, bw ills, pictorial endpapers. Or brown cloth in jacket. 4cm tear to front panel of jacket, several small chips to top of rear panel. Prev owners name at top of front free endpaper. Biography of internationally acclaimed Australian pianist and composer Percy Grainger. The author presents the wilder shores of his life including domination by his mother long into adulthood, bizarre sexual predilections, eccentric athleticism, inconsistent philosophy, alongsode the less controversial facts of his Melbourne childhood, friendships with Melba and others, formative years, folk song collecting in England, Denmark and New Zealand and years spent in the US. Size: 8vo. Bookseller Inventory # 021407
Book Description Macmillan Sydney 1977, 1977. Dust Jacket Fine Med 8vo, 318pp, b/w Illusts Hard Cover Fine This book 'presents the wilder shores of Grainger's chaotic life, his mother's domination; his bizarre sexual predilections, his eccentric athleticism, his demonic spiritual drive, his hugely inconsistent philosophy' as well as his childhood, his friendships, his folk-song collections, his stay in the USA'. Bookseller Inventory # 103028
Book Description London: Macmillan, 1977, London, 1977. Hard Cover. Book Condition: Fine. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Mylar Protected. First Edition. 9 X 6". 317 pages includes index. Illustrated. This copy appears unused. Bookseller Inventory # 005230
Book Description Macmillan, Australia, 1977. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good. No Jacket. First Edition (Aust). Ephemera clippings in plastic pocket included. Brown cover with gilt lettering on spine. No DW. Pictorial endpapers. An 'ex-libris' plate on half-title page. Author John Bird has TIPPED IN a precious piece from his own autograph book - AN INSCRIPTION FROM PERCY GRAINGER, DATED 1934, along with five bars of music, hand-drawn by Grainger, entitled 'Marching Song of Democracy";PLUS ANOTHER INSCRIPTION FROM Ella Grainger, Percy's wife. Signed by Subject. Bookseller Inventory # 008928