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Butterfly's Ball

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Ryan Fraley

Ryan Fraley

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 4:00
Difficulty: III (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: FJH Music Company, Inc.
Cost: Score and Parts - $80.00   |   Score Only - $11.00


Full Score
Flute 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
Horn in F I-II
Trombone I-II-III
Timpani (doubling Concert Wind Chimes)*
Percussion I-II-III-IV-V, including:

  • Bass Drum
  • Crash Cymbals
  • Crotales
  • Glockenspiel
  • Ratchet
  • Shaker
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Triangle
  • Vibraphone
  • Wind Chimes*

*This piece calls for regular concert wind chimes as well as a small set of outdoor wind chimes.


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

This compelling work incorporates elements of mystery and intrigue in a whirlwind of sounds, colors, and textures. Written in a quick 3/4 time, this engaging composition uses an attractive harmonic language, expressive melodic lines, and clever orchestrations to invoke the fairy-tale imagery of Robert Louis Stevenson's poetry in A Child's Garden of Verses. The playful nature of the piece moves between a lilting quality and a more lyrical expressive nature.

- Program Note from publisher

Butterfly's Ball is the first of three compositions that comprise a suite titled A Child's Garden of Verses. Each movement of the suite is based on poem from the similarly titled volume of prose and poetry compiled by Robert Louis Stevenson. This movement depicts a poem composed by William Roscoe called The Butterfly's Ball and Grasshoppers' Feast. The music depicts a fantasy of various insects gathering for a feast in the dark forest.

Come take up you Hats, and away let us haste
To the Butterfly's Ball, and the Grasshoppers' Fest.
The Trumpeter, Gad-fly, has summon'd the Crew,
And the Revels are now only waiting for you.

- Program Note from North Ridge Middle School Honors Band concert program, 15 December 2005


State Ratings

  • Texas: III


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Fraley, R.; Roscoe, W.; Stevenson, R. (2005). Butterfly's Ball : From A Child's Garden of Verses [score]. FJH Music: Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.