Prof Andrea Hull and Margaret Leng Tan

Margaret Leng Tan gifts lauded Percy Grainger thesis to the Centre

Queen of avant-garde piano Margaret Leng Tan gifts her Percy Grainger thesis to Melbourne Recital Centre for 10th Anniversary.

Melbourne Recital Centre audiences witnessed a masterful and truly unique performance on Friday 23 August in Elisabeth Murdoch Hall when Diva of Avant-Garde Pianism and Queen of the Toy Piano, Margaret Leng Tan performed her latest project Miniature meets Monumental in concert.

In 1971, Margaret was the first woman to earn a Doctorate in Musical Arts from The Julliard School in New York City. Her thesis, titled ‘The free music of Percy Grainger’ explored the innovative Australian-born composer, arranger and pianist’s background, interpretations of Liszt and Grieg and more.

Melbourne Recital Centre music-lovers may know that an excerpt of Percy Grainger’s composition Free Music No.2 lines the walls of the Primrose Potter Salon, and that the wall design which features tessellated plywood panels draws influence from his compositional style that saw him use graph paper for musical notation at times instead of the five line stave.

During rehearsal on the Friday afternoon, Margaret kindly gifted Professor Andrea Hull AO, Chair of the Melbourne Recital Centre a copy of her highly regarded thesis on Percy Grainger. They are pictured together above.

“Margaret is a truly innovative artist. We are delighted to receive a copy of her thesis and to make this wonderful connection during the Centre’s 10th anniversary year” said Euan Murdoch, CEO.

You can read Margaret Leng Tan’s thesis on Percy Grainger here. And visit the Percy Grainger Museum website here