Grantham’s La canción desesperada...grips from first to last, with a continuity and expressiveness fully suited to the choral medium. Grantham’s mastery of the art is...a significant addition
For a work with so supplicating a lyric, Grantham's Hymn often sounded dark, at times even threatening, with flashes of humor and an occasional folk music highlight.
I’ve previously had occasion in these pages to sing the praises of Donald Grantham (b. 1947) as one of America’s finest living composers of concert band music
a delightful arrangement of "Exhilaration" saw a trio of violinists on their feet, more fiddlers than classical musicians
(The concert) began with Grantham’s “Fantasy on Mr. Hyde's Song”, a seven-minute piece of engaging materials
Then came an abrupt about-face, a loose, sensuous spin across the dance floor via Baron Cimetière's Mambo.
Donald Grantham, in his brilliant Southern Harmony , bestows a similarly innovative and ingenious treatment to American folk-based material...