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Banks of Green Willow, The

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George Butterworth

George Butterworth (arr. Robert Longfield)

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General Info

Year: 1913 / 2017
Duration: c. 3:55
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Original Medium: Orchestra
Publisher: Hal Leonard
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $65.00; (digital) - $65.00   |   Score Only (print) - $7.50


Full Score
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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II
String Bass
Percussion I-II-III, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Glockenspiel
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Triangle


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Written by British composer George Butterworth in 1913, this classic work is based on two folk songs: The Banks of Green Willow and Green Bushes, the latter also appearing in works by Grainger and Vaughan Williams. This composition remains his most popular and is regarded as an anthem for unknown soldiers.

- Program Note from publisher

The Banks of Green Willow is a short orchestral piece by George Butterworth. It was composed in 1913, is written in the key of A major, and is around six minutes long. Butterworth based The Banks of Green Willow on two folk song melodies that he noted in 1907 – The Banks of Green Willow (Child 24, Roud 172) and Green Bushes (Roud 1040, Laws P2).

- Program Note from Wikipedia


State Ratings

  • Florida: III


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