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By Ivan Hewett  

Free radical: 20th-century composer Percy Grainger wanted to create something wild

Celebrating Grainger 2011 Kings Place, York Way, London, 17th-19th February

Percy Grainger once declared his aim in life was to “follow my lusts and compose now and then on the side.” He succeeded in the first aim, engaging in lifelong sado-masochistic sex usually with Nordic girls (Grainger was an unabashed racist who regretted the tainting of English stock with Norman blood.) But his composing was more than a sideshow and is far more substantial than an acquaintance with “Country Gardens”—the extent of most people’s knowledge—might suggest.

Grainger was one of the…

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