Then & Now 7/3: Country Gardens
Today’s date is actually inscribed in the score of Percy Grainger’s "Country Gardens". It reads: "Birthday-gift, Mother, July 3, 1918." The work is probably Grainger’s best known work, and according to our friends at the Composers Datebook, like other composers with a mega-hit, Grainger came to resent being known for just one tune, and would say to audiences: "The typical English country garden is not often used to grow flowers. It's more likely to be a vegetable plot. So you can think of turnips as I play it". In 1931, "Country Gardens was arranged for wind band by which Grainger called a new piece in every way.
We’ll have plenty of Wind Band music for you tomorrow afternoon on Classical WSMR, as we bring you a concert for the Fourth of July called Honor, Integrity, and Service with the Florida Wind Band. The all professional ensemble gave this concert just last night, and we were there to record it for you. You can hear this wonderful patriotic program tomorrow afternoon at 3:00, right here on Classical WSMR 89.1 & 103.9.