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Brigg Fair, An English Rhapsody for 4-hands piano by Percy Grainger and Ralph Leopold

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Published on Mar 5, 2010

Percy Grainger first recorded two short verses of the song Brigg Fair sung by Joseph Taylor in Brigg, North Lincolnshire, England in 1905, and he then adapted a choral arrangement of it combining several other English folksongs. Frederick Delius liked Grainger's arrangement, and in 1908 created his well-known orchestral score, which Grainger eventually borrowed back and adapted for piano duet. In this remarkable 1933 Duo-Art piano roll recording, Grainger and Ralph Leopold perform this rarely heard version, as one of the last (and best) piano rolls recorded by Grainger. It is played here on a newly restored 1920 Steinway 6'2" model XR grand (which also happens to be for sale).

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