Upload
529
  • Percy Grainger: The Immovable Do (video)

    4,927 views 3 years ago
    More about Performer, Artis Whodehouse: http://www.artiswodehouse.com/

    Artis Wodehouse performs Percy Grainger's (1882 -1961) Immovable Do 6/12/13 at Church of the Epiphany, NYC. Percy Grainger was an important international virtuoso pianist and composer, and a musician with unusually broad interests. He owned and wrote music for reed organs and harmoniums.
    The Immovable Do is subtitled "The Cyphering C", and refers to a common mechanical defect - called a cypher - that can develop in harmoniums and reed organs. A cypher is a note that sounds continuously, even though its corresponding key has not been depressed. Considered a nuisance, Grainger uses this defect (a cypher) instead as a point of departure, and specifies that a high C should continuously sound during the performance. In Wodehouse's performance, the high C is played by Epiphany's beautiful Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ: the note is held down by lead weights placed by Wodehouse before she performs the rest of the piece on her 1903 Mustel Art harmonium.
    Grainger espoused an elastic scoring technique to enable groups of all sizes and combinations of instruments to give effective performances of his music. Thus, The Immovable Do (or "The Cyphering C") was "tone-wrought " by Grainger either "for Organ, or Mixed Chorus, (with or without Organ or other instruments), or Full Orchestra, or Strings or Wind Band, or various Wind Groups".
    --------------
    Percy Aldridge Grainger (8 July 1882 -- 20 February 1961) was an 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 British 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. He served briefly as a bandsman in the US Army during 1917--18, and took US citizenship in 1918. After his mother's suicide in 1922 he became increasingly involved in educational work. He also experimented with music machines that he hoped would supersede human interpretation. In the 1930s he set up the Grainger Museum in Melbourne, his birthplace, as a monument to his life and works and as a future research archive. As he grew older he continued to give concerts and to revise and rearrange his own compositions, while writing little new music. After the Second World War, ill health reduced his levels of activity, and he considered his career a failure. He gave his last concert in 1960, less than a year before his death. Courtesy of Wickipedia.

    Show less
    Read more
  • Recent activities

    This item has been hidden
  • Uploads Play all

    • Seeking Gershwin piano rolls on Long Island - Duration: 3 minutes, 59 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 60 views
      Rick Smith, owner of the Piano Exchange in Glen Cove, Long Island New York (video'ed here) leads Artis Wodehouse on a search for his collection of Gershwin piano rolls on 11/13/16.

      Smith's Piano...
    • The early days of the Gershwin piano roll project - Duration: 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 2 weeks ago
      • 129 views
      Artis Wodehouse, George Litterst and Paula Zahn on national television ca. 1990. They are discussing the first attempt to take paper piano rolls into notation via a computer notational program, Co...
    • Janacek Good Night Overgrown Path on harmonium, reed organ - Duration: 3 minutes, 26 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 210 views
      Artis Wodehouse performs Leos Janacek's 1908 Good Night! from the iconic keyboard cycle, On an Overgrown Path that the composer initially conceived for the harmonium. She is playing on a small Yam...
    • Janacek Our Evenings Overgrown Path on harmonium, reed organ - Duration: 3 minutes, 45 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 279 views
      Artis Wodehouse performs Leos Janacek's 1908 Our Evenings from the iconic keyboard cycle, On an Overgrown Path that the composer initially conceived for the harmonium. She is playing on a small Ya...
    • Unreleased 1917 Gershwin piano roll on Disklavier: Story Book Ball - Duration: 3 minutes, 49 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 195 views
      The Story Book Ball, one of 40 never-released early Gershwin piano roll arrangements realized by Artis Wodehouse for playback on the Yamaha Disklavier.

      Gershwin's Jas-Fox Trot roll, identified as...
    • Just Snap Your Fingers at Care 1921 Gershwin piano roll on Disklavier - Duration: 2 minutes, 19 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 197 views
      George Gershwin's 1921 piano roll "Just Snap Your Fingers at Care" realized by Artis Wodehouse for Disklavier playback. She used a 1911 pianola push-up mated to a Disklavier and interactively adde...
    • Scots tune Laddie Lie Near Me piano variations on 1823 square piano - Duration: 5 minutes, 17 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 250 views
      Artis Wodehouse plays Variations on the popular Scots tune "Laddie Lie Near Me" by Alexander Reinagle on 10/4/16. Her 1823 Tomkison English square piano is partially restored and is all-wood, lacki...
    • 1823 square piano Anthony Philip Heinrich Prague Waltz - Duration: 119 seconds.

      • 1 month ago
      • 125 views
      Artis Wodehouse plays Anthony Philip Heinrich's 1820 "Prague Waltz" on her 1823 Tomkison English square piano 10/4/16. The instrument is partially restored and is all-wood, lacking any metal bracin...
    • Confrey Blue Tornado on Disklavier - Duration: 2 minutes, 3 seconds.

      • 2 months ago
      • 73 views
      An Artis Wodehouse performance of Confrey's Blue Tornado recorded on an MX100A Disklavier ca. 1990. Playback captured on an IPhone 9/24/16 @ Frank & Camille's, Westbury, Long Island on an MX100A c...
    • Wollenhaupt Salon Schottische Steinway square piano - Duration: 3 minutes, 53 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 301 views
      Pianist Artis Wodehouse performs Hermann Wollenhaupt's (1827-1863) Lover's Letter Box Schottische di Salon published 1857 on her 1860 Steinway square piano at her studio in in the Bronx, NY on Augu...
    • 1855 Express Galop train music Steinway square piano - Duration: 2 minutes, 23 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 431 views
      Pianist Artis Wodehouse plays a popular 1855 train piano piece, The Express Galop by Charles d'Albert on her 1860 Steinway square piano August 14, 2014 at her studio in the Bronx, NY.

      The piano be...
    • Confederate Waltz on 1860 Steinway square piano - Duration: 3 minutes, 13 seconds.

      • 3 months ago
      • 1,028 views
      Pianist Artis Wodehouse performs William L. Hensler's 1862 composition, Pensiviana Valse Sentimentale on an 1860 Steinway square piano on August 14, 2016 at her studio in the Bronx, NY. The piano ...
    This item has been hidden
  • Posted videos Play all

    This item has been hidden
to add this to Watch Later

Add to

Loading playlists...