Court Music (Grantham)

From Wind Repertory Project
Donald Grantham

Donald Grantham

General Info

Year: 2005
Duration: c. 8:45
Difficulty: VII (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Piquant Press
Cost:Score and Parts $300.00 (Rental) / Score (Purchase) - $50.00


Full Score
Piccolo (doubling Flute III)
Flute I-II-III (at least four players required)
Oboe I-II
Bassoon I-II-III (Bassoon III doubling Contrabassoon)
E-flat Soprano Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Clarinet I-II-III (at least three on each part)
E-flat Alto Clarinet
B-flat Bass Clarinet
B-flat Contrabass Clarinet
B-flat Soprano Saxophone
E-flat Alto Saxophone
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
Euphonium (two players)
Tuba (two players)
String Bass
Percussion I–II-III-IV, including:

  • Bass Drums
  • Bell Tree
  • Bongos
  • Glockenspiel
  • Gongs (2: pitched C, D)
  • Ratchet
  • Roto-Tom (small)
  • Sleigh Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Tambourine
  • Tam-Tam
  • Timbales
  • Tom-Toms
  • Tubular Bells
  • Vibraphone (2)
  • Wind Chimes (brass)
  • Xylophone (2)


None discovered thus far.

Program Notes

Court Music was commissioned by the Tokyo Kosei Wind Orchestra with the request that the work somehow reflect an "East meets West" theme. Naturally, I began to listen to a good deal of Japanese folk and ceremonial music, and I was particularly impressed with the literature of the Gagaku orchestra. This ancient orchestral tradition features music of great intricacy and timbral beauty. It would have been impossible for me to even begin to absorb the complexities of this music, but I have incorporated some of its most striking and characteristic sounds, particularly those of the Hichiriki (double reed instruments), the Ryuteki (flutes), and the sho (a bundled reed instrument capable of sustaining several pitches as a drone). I have also employed Japan's most famous folk song, Sakura Sakura, in three highly contrasting settings at the beginning, middle, and end of the work.

- Program Note by composer


State Ratings

None discovered thus far.


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Works for Winds by This Composer


  • Donald Grantham website
  • Popejoy, James. "Court Music." In Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 6, edit. & comp. by Richard Miles, 775-782. Chicago: GIA Publications, 2007.