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Title:Percy Grainger’s “Hill-Song Nr. 1”: A critical edition, wind band transcription, and phrasal analysis
Author(s):Clark, Joseph C.
Advisor(s):Peterson, Stephen G.
Department / Program:School of Music
Degree Granting Institution:University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Degree:M.Mus. (master's)
Subject(s):Wind band transcription
Phrasal analysis
Abstract:Percy Grainger never had the opportunity to hear his original scoring of “Hill-Song Nr. 1”, since he considered the instrumentation of two piccolos, six oboes, six English horns, six bassoons, and contrabassoon to be too infeasible. Indeed, he only ever produced a manuscript score of this version, and there is no evidence that parts were produced during his lifetime. Subsequent arrangements were made and published for piano four-hands and chamber orchestra (although this has yet to be premiered in its intended instrumentation). While his “Hill-Song Nr. 2” was published in a variety of scorings and is fairly well-known in the wind band world, “Hill-Song Nr. 1” has languished, despite the high regard in the band community for Grainger’s pieces. In order to raise the profile of such an early yet forward-looking piece in the Grainger oeuvre, this paper presents a critical edition of the original scoring for performance use, a transcription for full modern wind band for use with a wide variety of instrumentations, and an analysis to aid conductors through the wayward score. In doing so, it is hoped that the piece will begin to become more widely known and performed.
Issue Date:2019
Genre:Dissertation / Thesis
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Joseph C. Clark
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-07-02

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