Grainger Museum receives important donation

The Grainger Museum is extremely grateful to David Rezits for the donation of a published score of the two-piano version of Lincolnshire Posy, autographed by Percy Grainger.

Some say Percy Grainger's 1937 composition, Lincolnshire Posy, is his masterwork. It's a suite of six brilliantly arranged folk melodies, or 'musical wildflowers' that Grainger collected together with Lucy Broadwood on field trips in Lincolnshire, UK, around 1905-6. The piece reflects his fascination not only for folk songs, but in particular for the individual personalities of the singers he encountered during these folk song collecting outings.

Lincolnshire Posy was groundbreaking in the way Grainger disregarded conventional approaches to setting folk music in favour of irregular and erratic (and sometimes completely absent) meter, bespoke ornamentation and stylistically varied expression. The result is a collection of six snapshots of very different performances, each of which vividly portray the unique personalities and styles of the singers from whom Grainger learned the source material.

Lincolnshire score

Image: Front cover of Percy Grainger: Lincolnshire Posy, for military band, version for two pianos, no 35, published by Schott & Co, London, 1940. Grainger Museum Collection, University of Melbourne. Donated by David Rezits in memory of his father, Joseph Rezits (1925-2019), 2020