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Irish Tune from County Derry

(1909)

Percy Grainger, composer

This work is based on a tune collected by Miss J. Ross of New Town, Limavaday, County Derry, Ireland, and published in The Petrie Collection of Ancient Music of Ireland. Known to many as "Danny Boy," this beautiful setting of the ancient Irish air was written by Percy Grainger in 1909. Dedicated to the memory of the great Norwegian composer, Edvard Grieg, this composition has been a favorite in the band repertoire for decades.

WGM

Irish Tune from County Derry is based on a tune collected by a Miss J. Ross of New Town, Limavaday, County Derry, Ireland, and published in The Petrie Collection of Ancient Music of Ireland in 1885. Grainger’s setting was written in 1909 and is dedicated to the memory of Edvard Grieg. Born in Melbourne, Australia, Percy Grainger began his career as a concert pianist in 1900 with sensational successes in such widely separated places as England, Australia, and South Africa. He became a United States citizen in 1919 and for some time was Professor of Music and head of the music department at New York University.

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