Presented at the Grieg Conference in Bergen May 26, 2000
Lionel Carley , Great Britain
Dr., Advicer and Honorary Archivist
The Delius Trust
Percy Grainger’s promotion of Grieg
Current work on a book on Grieg’s relations with British musicians on the concert tours that he undertook in England has led this writer to take a sideways glance at the friendship the Norwegian composer enjoyed near the end of his life with the Australian-born, but London-based pianist and composer Percy Grainger. This diversion has resulted in the publication of two essays on the friendship, the first of which specifically chronicles for the first time Grainger’s ten-day visit to Troldhaugen in 1907, with the second outlining the overall course of Grainger’s interest in Grieg and his music, from the time it was first encountered at home in Melbourne – when as a boy he would hear his music-teacher mother play many of Grieg’s earlier piano pieces – until well beyond Grieg’s death.
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Lionel Carley paper 2000