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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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Self-Portrait of Percy Grainger

Malcolm Gillies

David Pear

Mark Carroll

Oxford University Press

This chapter describes the Grainger family friendships in appropriate quotations. These include the local physician, Henry O'Hara, and his wonderful Irish use of language; the homosexual Dr Hamilton Russell, for whom Grainger's demonstrates his acts of flagellation. Rose Grainger's syphilis and its development during their time in Frankfurt, Germany, along with Karl Klimsch's generosity to Rose and Percy are recounted. Balfour Gardiner's personality is outlined, in particular his hatred of individuals who exchange political affiliation for artistic favour. Roger Quilter's failure to help the distressed Grainger at the Harrogate Festival in 1929 is also discussed. Grainger describes his first mistress, Mrs Lilith Lowrey, and her role in his acceptance into Edwardian London “society.” He confronts the implications of his sado-masochistic experiments in Frankfurt, and the health benefits of masturbation. Australian expatriots in London during the Edwardian era are mentioned, including Lillian Devlin. The complex social web that enabled Grainger to begin successful folksong collecting is described, with particular reference to Eliza Wedgewood, and also his friendship with the painter John Singer Sargent.

Keywords:   sado-masochism, racial views, The Warriors, Cyril Scott, Roger Quilter, folksong, John Singer Sargent

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