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At Her Ladyship's Request

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Carter Pann

Carter Pann

Subtitle: A Period Piece for Bands of Winds

General Info

Year: 2017
Duration: c. 12:300
Difficulty: IV-1/2 (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Theodore Presser
Cost: Score and Parts - Available May 2018


1. Young Tom Abel, Heir to Cecil Abel’s Fortune
2. Father Daniel Bennett from the Abbey at Lockwood Cross
3. Old Man Joseph Dimplesweet, His Lordship’s Farmhand
4. Lord William H. Pettybone, Duke of Bremingham


Full Score
C Piccolo
Flute I-II-III
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
E-flat Alto Saxophone I-II
B-flat Tenor Saxophone
E-flat Baritone Saxophone
B-flat Trumpet I-II-III
Horn in F I-II-III-IV
Trombone I-II
Bass Trombone
String Bass (optional)
Piano 4-hands
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Bongos, high and low
  • Chimes
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Glockenspiel
  • Slapstick
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal, medium
  • Tambourine
  • Temple Blocks
  • Triangle, small
  • Xylophone


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

The music describes an aged, royal betrothal which has grown tiresome.

- Program Note from Georgia College Wind Symphony concert program, 7 April 2017

At her Ladyship’s Request was an idea born out of admiration for the wind works of Percy Aldridge Grainger – most notably his Lincolnshire Posy.

The names and places here are all fictitious. Four countrymen have come forward at Her Ladyship’s request, as we commoners (and for as long as I can remember) have been led to believe Her Highness has grown complacent in her aged betrothal to His Lordship.

I. It has long been established in this hill country that young, svelte Tom Abel has caught her fancy eye. He knocks about with the swagger of a visiting dignitary, confident and cocksure. And then there is his father’s fortune. Cecil Abel may be the richest man in the land save for His Lordship. Tom, his only son, will run his face straight into that pile the moment his old man kicks.

II. It is rare to spy Father Daniel Bennett, High Priest from the Abbey at Lockwood Cross, loitering in our very own town square…but not as of late.

III. Is Her Ladyship so desperate as to call upon Old Man Dimplesweet? Were you to confirm this I would have straightened my back and spit the ground in front of you. Then I saw what could not possibly be misconstrued. And where is His Lordship anyway?

IV. Pettybone! Conniving… insidious. I don’t believe there has been a greater rivalry among men for generations. The Duke’s ego alone could run our nation. The grudges he grows are notorious. His mount is legendary. The day has come to collect his toll.

- Program Note by composer


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State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Carter Pann, personal correspondence, September 2017
  • Carter Pann website Accessed 19 September 2017
  • "New Music Reviews." The Instrumentalist, 74/2 (September 2019), p. 25.