Colonial Song (1913)
PERCY ALDRIDGE GRAINGER
Grainger used no traditional tunes in this piece which was written for and about the people in his native Australia. He expressed the wish to “voice a certain kind of emotion that seems to to me not untypical of native-born colonials in general.” Concerning colonials, he wrote the following:
Perhaps it is not unnatural that people living more or less alone in vast virgin countries and struggling against natural and climactic hardships (rather than the more active and dramatically exciting counter wills of their fellow men, as in more thickly populated lands) should run largely [to] patiently yearning, inactive sentimental wistfulness.
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