Brigg Fair

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Percy Aldridge Grainger

Percy Aldridge Grainger (arr. Ballenger)

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General Info

Year: 1905 / 1991
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Voice
Publisher: Unknown
Cost: Score and Parts - Unknown


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Program Notes

Brigg Fair (Roud 1083) is an English folk song. It is best known in a choral arrangement by Percy Grainger and a subsequent set of orchestral variations by Frederick Delius.

Early in the 20th century, Grainger started collecting folk songs from around England, using wax cylinders to capture performances in the field as well as transcribing them. In April 1905, he recorded Joseph Taylor singing Brigg Fair shortly after a music festival in Brigg, North Lincolnshire. Grainger soon made an arrangement of the song for unaccompanied five-part chorus with tenor soloist. The original song was short since Taylor could only remember two stanzas; to extend the song, Grainger added three stanzas taken from two other songs (Low Down in the Broom and The Merry King). The tune, in the Dorian mode, is wistful, the lyric is a happy one about true love, and Grainger's setting is atmospheric and uses a creative harmonic treatment.

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  • Oklahoma State University (Stillwater) Symphonic Band (Brent Baldwin, conductor) – 4 March 2019
  • The Ohio State University (Columbus) Symphonic Band (Scott A. Jones, conductor) – 3 October 2017

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