Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career, he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in Conference interpreting andrew gillies pdf folk music in the early years of the 20th century.
He also made many adaptations of other composers’ works. Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune “Country Gardens”. Grainger left Australia at the age of 13 to attend the Hoch Conservatory in Frankfurt.
Between 1901 and 1914 he was based in London, where he established himself first as a society pianist and later as a concert performer, composer and collector of original folk melodies. As his reputation grew he met many of the significant figures in European music, forming important friendships with Frederick Delius and Edvard Grieg. He became a champion of Nordic music and culture, his enthusiasm for which he often expressed in private letters. In 1914, Grainger moved to the United States, where he lived for the rest of his life, though he travelled widely in Europe and in Australia.