Bumping into that headline recently, I had to wonder: should Bramwell Tovey really be challenging David Patrick Kelly’s legendary interpretation of “The Warriors”?Â I mean, come on – it’s iconic:
But perhaps I’m not a qualified judge — I mean I thought I knew that piece, but I didn’t even realize it was by Percy Grainger! I think Mark Swed really brings some interesting things to light in his article:
â€œThe Warriorsâ€ was Graingerâ€™s largest score, both in length and size of forces.
Haven’t we all aspired to writing for such magisterial forces as three beer bottles and a high tenor? [Editor’s note: nah…]
Completed in 1916, â€œThe Warriorsâ€ has passages as rhythmically bold as Stravinskyâ€™s â€œRite of Spring,â€ which premiered three years earlier.
Mwa ha ha ha… I kill me.
But seriously, you can get a recording of the actual piece here.Â It’s definitely a capital c C-razy piece of music if ever there was one.Â More from Swed:
â€œThe Warriorsâ€ divides devout Graingerites. Some find it an embarrassment. Others consider it his greatest masterpiece.
OK, I don’t know what to say about all that, except that “devout Graingerites” find “The Warriors” an embarrassment?? Isn’t it embarrassing enough that their idol was a crazy Australian S&M freak who kept categorical records of the whips that he used to flagellate himself? Not to mention an Aryan supremacist?Â Nope, it’s THIS that embarrasses them:
All I’m saying is, Priorities, people.