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Monday, 11 July 2011, 6:00PM
Barnard's Inn Hall

Percy Grainger: Australia's greatest composer?

Professor Malcolm Gillies

We can think of world-leading Australians in sport (Don Bradman), media ownership (Rupert Murdoch) and film (Nicole Kidman). In music, some great performers come to mind, especially female singers (Nellie Melba, Joan Sutherland). But how many people can even name an Australian composer? In his Gresham Lecture, Malcolm Gillies probes this elusive category of greatness. Percy Grainger (1882-1961), the composer of Country Gardens, is often mentioned as a contender. But, despite his birth, was he really Australian, was he primarily a composer, and what was so great about him, anyway?

This is a part of the 2011 City of London Festival. The other lectures in this series are:
       Culture and Resistance by Michael Walling
       The Relationship between Music and Sounds from the Natural World by David Matthews
       Emerging Markets and Climate Change by Dr Cameron Hepburn
       Voices of the Land: Nga reo o te Whenua by Richard Nunns 

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Malcolm Gillies is the Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University and was the President of City University from 2007 to 2009. He has a degree in music from Cambridge, a masters degree and doctorate from King's College London and a further doctorate from the University of Melbourne. He has written many articles and reviews; his recent book on Percy Grainger won a Deems Taylor award.

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11 July 2011

Percy Grainger: Australia's greatest composer?
Professor Malcolm Gillies

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