Today in history: 8 July 1882
Born on this date in Australia, Percy Grainger, was a composer, arranger and pianist. In the course of a long and innovative career he played a prominent role in the revival of interest in British folk music in the early years of the 20th century. He also made many adaptations of other composers' works. Although much of his work was experimental and unusual, the piece with which he is most generally associated is his piano arrangement of the folk-dance tune "Country Gardens".
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pyBJYTBwsfA&feature=related"]Hamelin plays Grainger - Country Gardens Audio + Sheet music - YouTube[/ame]