No one could accuse Percy Grainger of lacking imagination. Between his innovative instrumentation, both in his arrangements of folk music and original compositions, and the musical machines he created – not to mention his colourful personal life – his was a life infused with creativity.

Percy Grainger, The Warriors Percy Grainger wearing a beadwork chestpiece, 1909. Photograph reproduced by kind permission of the Estate of George Percy Grainger

This is perhaps most luridly demonstrated in his...

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