All the Pretty Little Horses

From Wind Repertory Project
Anne McGinty

Traditional, arranged by Anne McGinty

General Info

Year: 1998
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Lullaby
Publisher: Queenwood/Kjos
Cost: Score and Parts - $35.00   |   Score Only - $3.50


Full Score
Flute /Oboe
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II
E-flat Alto Saxophone
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Cornets /Trumpet I-II
Horn/Tenor Saxophone (optional)
Low Brass & Woodwinds
Percussion, including:

  • Bells
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This delicate folk lullaby provides great thematic materials for this sensitive, lyrical setting. Introduced by a plaintive original melody in the first clarinet, this is one of the arranger's most intriguing works for band. The addition of linear, moving lines and impressionistic harmonies add color and style to this creative arrangement.

- Program Note from publisher

All the Pretty Little Horses (also known as Hush-a-bye) is a traditional lullaby from the United States. The origin of this song is not fully known. The song is commonly thought to be of African-American origin. The best-known versions of the song are written from the perspective of the mother or caretaker singing a baby to sleep. The singer is promising the child that when he or she awakes, the child "shall have all the pretty little horses."

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Alabama: Class D
  • Florida: II
  • Georgia: II
  • Kansas: II
  • Louisiana: I
  • Maryland: II
  • North Carolina: II
  • Oklahoma: II-A
  • South Carolina: II
  • Texas: I. Complete
  • Virginia: III
  • West Virginia: II


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • All the Pretty Little Horses. Wikipedia. Accessed 8 November 2023
  • Anne McGinty website Accessed 12 September 2021
  • The Horizon Leans Forward…, compiled and edited by Erik Kar Jun Leung, GIA Publications, 2021, p. 416-417.
  • McGinty, A. (1998). All the Pretty Little Horses [score]. Queenwood Publications: [United States].
  • Miles, Richard B. 2000. Teaching Music Through Performance in Band. Volume 3. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 116.