Percy Aldridge Grainger (8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961) was an internationally known composer, arranger and pianist who made his home in White Plains, New York from 1921 until his death in 1961. Multitalented and innovative, he also invented music-making machines, recorded and documented folk music, designed his own clothing, and wrote extensively. His popular works like “Country Gardens” and “Molly on the Shore” were best sellers of the early twentieth-century music world, while his experiments in avant-garde music anticipated many artistic developments in the later twentieth century and beyond. Today his music is performed even more widely than during his lifetime. The historic house, built in 1893 and added to the National Register of Historic Places on April 8, 1993, remains today furnished as it was during Grainger’s lifetime, a dramatic living testimony to the life and times of a multi-faceted genius. Percy Grainger America seeks to preserve and interpret Percy Grainger’s life and works, serving as a cultural resource for a diverse audience of national and international visitors.
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