Penelope Thwaites (ed.): The New Percy Grainger Companion

Keeping up with a true polymath

David Pear


The New Percy Grainger Companion
edited by Penelope Thwaites
The Boydell Press (Inbooks), $99.95 hb, 332 pp, 9781843836018


There is too much Percy Grainger for one person. Having studied the man for twenty-five years, I still cannot account for his ability to achieve so much in so many fields. The thousands of lengthy letters he wrote alone constitute a lifetime’s work, irrespective of the music, the concert performances, the teaching, the publishing.

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Published in May 2011 no. 331
David Pear

David Pear

Visiting Fellow at the Institute of Musical Research (London University), and Visiting Professor at City University, London, in 2007 David Pear was co-recipient – with Malcolm Gillies and Mark Carroll – of the Deems-Taylor award for the volume Portrait of Percy Grainger. He has published articles and book chapters on music education, the history of the Australian Youth Orchestra, and the training of professional musicians, as well as having been, at various times and in sundry places, Master of a university college, academic, freelance developmental editor, and Rose House Fellow at Yale University. He is currently curating an exhibition on Percy Grainger as part of the City of London Festival in July this year, as well as writing a biography of Grainger. He lives in the Barbican, London, with his partner.

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