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Percy Grainger plays Irish folk song: "Maguire's Kick"

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Uploaded on Jun 3, 2007

Grainger (1882-1961) started concert touring at age 12. He was very close to his mother, Rose, especially after his architect and alcoholic father John, left for London in
1891. The marriage broke up when Rose discovered that she contracted syphilis from John.

Percy Grainger moved to America in 1914 and remained there. He became a US citizen, but he always described himself as Australian.

He later experimented with "Free Music" and was a pioneer in electronic music. His concert career came to a long sad end, playing in lots of high school auditoriums and such
Though he did get some fine recordings of a few of his major compositions near the end of his life.

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