Lincolnshire Posy: Percy Grainger

Lincolnshire Posy is a symphonic piece by Percy Aldridge Grainger, composed in 1937 for the American Bandmasters Association. Considered Grainger's masterpiece, the 16-minute-long work is composed of six movements, each adapted from folk songs that Grainger had collected on a 1905-1906 trip to Lincolnshire, England. The work debuted with three of the movements on March 7, 1937 by the Pabst Blue Ribbon beer factory worker band in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Grainger wished to maintain the exact sense of stylizing that he experienced from the singers. Grainger wrote, "Each number is intended to be a kind of musical portrait of the singer who sang its underlying melody...a musical portrait of the singer's personality no less than of his habits of song, his regular or irregular wonts of rhythm, his preference for gaunt or ornately arabesque delivery, his contrasts of legato and staccato, his tendency towards breadth or delicacy of tone." Grainger dedicated his "bunch of Wildflowers" to "the old folksingers who sang so sweetly to me."

The six movements are titled: Lisbon (Sailor's Song); Horkstow Grange ("the Miser and his Man" - a local tragedy); Rufford Park Poachers (Poaching Song); The Brisk Young Sailor (who returned to wed his True Love); Lord Melbourne (War Song); The Lost Lady Found (Dance Song).