The YouTube Symphony Orchestra 2011 performs Arrival on Platform Humlet by Percy Grainger from In a Nutshell -Suite at the Grand Finale concert. Featuring digital artist Android Jones.
George Percy Grainger (8 July 1882 – 20 February 1961) was an Australian-born composer and pianist who worked under the stage name of Percy Aldridge Grainger.
Grainger moved to the United States at the outbreak of World War I in 1914, due to pressure to enlist in the military, which he refused because of disapproval of modern warfare. His 1916 piano composition In a Nutshell is the first by a classical music professional in the Western tradition to require direct, non-keyed sounding of the strings — in this case, with a mallet — which came to be known as a "string piano" technique. When the United States entered the war in 1917, he enlisted into a United States Army band, playing oboe and soprano saxophone, and spent the war giving dozens of concerts in aid of War Bonds and Liberty Loans, as well the American Red Cross. In 1917 he was elected an honorary member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia music fraternity. In 1918, he became a naturalized citizen of the United States.