Percy Grainger at the National Music Camp in Interlochen

Composer Percy Grainger spent several summers at the National Music Camp in Interlochen in the 1930s and 1940s.

He composed several pieces while at Interlochen, and he also brought brand new music with him for the students to perform.

At least one of his pieces, “The Power of Rome and the Christian Heart,” even received its world premiere at National Music Camp.

Hear a variety of Grainger’s music that was performed during his time on the faculty at National Music Camp, including rare 1930s archival recordings of performances he gave.

Bentley Historical Library

Roy Erlandson, Columbia broadcast announcer, with Percy Grainger

Music heard in this episode
All music composed by Percy Grainger unless otherwise noted

Irish Air from County Derry; Kenneth Snapp / 1961 High School Symphonic Band (July 22, 1961)

Australian Up-Country Air; Julie Schleif/Interlochen Academy of Arts Brass Ensemble (2006-07)

Posy of Lincolnshire; Jerry Junkin/2005 World Youth Wind Symphony (August 6, 2005)

Prelude in Dorian mode; Eugene Corporon/Symphony of North Texas Winds

The power of Rome and the Christian heart; Frederick Fennell/Dallas Wind Symphony; Paul Reido, organ

Edvard Grieg, Piano Concerto in A minor: I. Allegro moderato; Per Dreier/Aarus City Orchestra; Percy Grainger, piano

The archival recordings heard in this program are made available in part through the Classical Music Preservation Grant from the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, listener support from IPR, and the Hamer D. and Phyllis C Foundation. Shafer.

Michael Culler and Stefan Wiebe provided audio engineering assistance.

Anastasia Scholze provided research and production support.