Music

In the Op Shop with Percy Grainger

For me, Shallow Brown is one of the most stunningly original of Grainger’s folk-song settings. —Gavin Bryars   Shallow Brown is my favourite Percy Grainger arrangement of a traditional folk song. I have just spent a week transcribing it for solo guitar and voice. A few years ago, I found an original full copy of the score in an op shop for three dollars. My old music teacher, Dr Lou Gottlieb, PhD Musicology, once told me all the greatest works of art are found in either museums or second-hand shops. Shaller Brown you’re goin’ ter leave me, Shaller Shaller Brown…

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