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Archives and Societal Provenance by Michael Piggott

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Recordkeeping and recordari: listening to Percy Grainger

Abstract:

The chapter discusses the seeming universality of personal recordkeeping practice, and the need for comparative and individual studies of its variations and patterns, before presenting an extended examination of the Australian composer and performer Percy Grainger (1882–1961). Against this background, the absolute distinction which orthodox theory requires between records and memory is challenged. Middle ground has always been conceded when contemplating the medieval and contemporary remembrancer. The need to remember is shown to be integral to Grainger’s excessive self-documenting systems, and it is predicted an absolute memory/ record distinction will further erode as the ...

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