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Percy Grainger
Bardic Edition BDE657

Catalogue Number: BDE0657

ISMN: 9790502445232

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The Widow's Party March image
for 6 hands at 2 pianos.
"The Widow’s Party" March, originally conceived by Grainger for wind and brass band was dished-up for 6 hands at 2 pianos between August 16, 1905 and January 1, 1907 and finalised on July 1, 1908 in time for Rose Grainger’s 47th birthday on July 3 that same year. In the manuscript score Grainger marks two similar note sequences (B flat, A natural and G) in the bass line at bar 84 (player 3) and at bar 97 (player 1) with the date of New Year’s Eve 1906. What significance this has is not known. Thematic material used in this work also appears in several other works he was writing around the same time, including the setting of Kipling’s poem of the same name - Kipling Setting No.7. The opening theme is however, unique to this particular work and is typical of Grainger’s ability to write a melody which has a certain ‘cheekiness’ to it whilst having great charm. Barry Peter Ould
Duration 4¼ minutes
Two copies are included.

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