I am hungry for fame-after-death: Percy Grainger's quest for immortality through his museum
Source TitleRecollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia
PublisherNational Museum of Australia
University of Melbourne Author/sNemec, Belinda
AffiliationArts: The Australian Centre
Document TypeJournal Article
CitationsNemec, B. (2007). I am hungry for fame-after-death: Percy Grainger's quest for immortality through his museum. Recollections: Journal of the National Museum of Australia, 2(2), 180-200.
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This paper examines the autobiographical museum established in the 1930s at the University of Melbourne by the Australian-born composer, pianist, folklorist and educator Percy Aldridge Grainger (1882–1961). The suicide in 1922 of his mother, Rose, served as the catalyst to Grainger's museum project. The paper discusses his attempts to create a museum that would both serve as a memorial to Rose and position Grainger himself for posterity as Australia's greatest composer. Grainger's attitudes to death, the past, nostalgia, memory and relics, as manifested through his museum collection, are explored.
KeywordsGrainger Museum; Percy Grainger; University of Melbourne; Australian composers
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