S01E04: Percy Grainger

In what’s definitely our most niche episode so far, Emma introduces Darius to the life and work of twentieth-century Australian composer Percy Aldridge Grainger, a folksong collector, failed innovator, and all-round extremely unusual (and highly problematic) person. Links: Rainer Linz on Grainger’s composition machines, Philip Eames' quantitative study of Grainger's harmonic development, Matthew Guerrieri on navigating Grainger's reprehensible beliefs alongside his music. Content warnings: racism, some discussion of incest, BDSM, and suicide... Percy Grainger, everyone.