All the Pretty Little Horses (arr Boysen)

From Wind Repertory Project
Andrew Boysen Jr.

Traditional, arranged by Andrew Boysen, Jr.

Subtitle: Mvt. 2 from Three Folk Song Settings for Band

General Info

Year: 2014
Duration: c. 4:30
Difficulty: III 1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Lullaby
Publisher: Alfred Music Publishing
Cost: Score and Parts - $78.00   |   Score Only - $9.00


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III-IV
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II-III-IV
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bells
  • Chimes
  • Crotales
  • Finger Cymbals
  • Marimba
  • Mark Tree
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The second movement of Three Folk Song Settings for Band, this hauntingly beautiful setting provides a lyrical contrast to the two outer movements. The touching lullaby, thought to be of African-American origin, is displayed in a way that is both memorable and well crafted.

- 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

None discovered thus far.


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