Facing Percy Grainger

Forever associated with the tuneful ‘Country Gardens’, Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961) was a celebrated pianist and composer, a pioneering folklore collector, musical inventor, social commentator and archivist. This new exhibition, produced in association with the Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne reveals many faces of a unique Australian whose life was played out across Australia, Europe and America.

6 July – 15 October
Open 9 am to 5 pm daily. Free admission

NOTE:
All Images are in high resolution JPEG format approximately A4 @ 300dpi.

Wurlitzer, Knoxville, United States
Butterfly Piano 1940s
Small semi-circular piano adjusted by Grainger and tuned to sixth tones
for use in his ‘free music’ experiments
wood, ivory, paint, steel/iron frame, nails
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961)
Oscillator-Playing Tone-Tool 3rd Experiment (‘free music’ illustration) 24 November 1951
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Unknown maker (Native American)
Round beaded handbag collected by Percy Grainger c.1915–17
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Unknown photographer
Percy Grainger, Fort Hamilton, New York 1917
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Unknown photographer
Percy Grainger “In the Round” 1933
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Frederick Morse
Rose and Percy Grainger, aged 60 and 39, on the Porch of their White PlainsHome 17 July 1921
photogravure print
National Library of Australia

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Rupert Bunny (1864–1947)
Percy Grainger c.1902
oil on canvas
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961)
‘Blind Eye Score (Hill-Song II)’ undated
Large format music score used by Grainger as a visual aid whilst conducting
watercolour and crayon on paper
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961)
‘To a Nordic Princess (Bridal Song)’ 1929
Published music cover design

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961) and Burnett Cross (1914–1996)
Sliding Pipe Free Music Invention June–July 1946
masonite, wire, string, tape
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961)
Bicycle Belonging to Artist July 1897
watercolour on paper
Grainger Collection, the University of Melbourne

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Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961) and Ella Viola Grainger (1889–1979)
Towelling clothing worn by Percy Grainger
diamond-patterned waistcoat, and leggings, striped shirt and shorts, machine and hand-sewn using manufactured bath mat and Dri-Glo towelling c.1934

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