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Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger$
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Malcolm Gillies, David Pear, and Mark Carroll

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195305371

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195305371.001.0001

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(p.5) 1 Forebears
Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger

Malcolm Gillies

David Pear

Mark Carroll

Oxford University Press

Grainger's mother's (Rose Aldridge) family history is written by her son in the style of a Nordic saga. The better family characteristics are identified as arising from their rural background, and the strengths such a lineage promoted: a “yeoman's outlook” on life and a “love of beasts”, all of which is buttressed by their physical sturdiness, patience, individuality, blond hair, blue eyes, and “hatred of arithmetic and clerkish skills”, which are identified as “town-dweller” (urban) skills. Rose's father became a hotel keeper in Adelaide, and was known for his anti-semitism as well as his skills as an amateur concert agent. The family enjoyed reading aloud together. Grainger's Auntie Clara, and his mentally impaired uncle, Frank, are described fondly.

Keywords:   Rose Aldridge, Frank Aldridge, Clara Aldridge, racism, anti-semitism, Adelaide, Australian concert life

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