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

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May 2011, no. 331

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

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May 2011, no. 331

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.