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Donkey Riding (flex)

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Donald Coakley

Traditional, arranged by Donald Coakley


General Info

Year: 1998 / 2014
Duration: c. 2:30
Difficulty: II (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Eighth Note Publications
Cost: Score and Parts (print) - $50.00


Instrumentation (Flexible)

Full Score
Part 1

  • Flute
  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 2

  • Oboe
  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • Violin

Part 3

  • B-flat Soprano Clarinet
  • E-flat Alto Saxophone
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • B-flat Trumpet
  • F Horn
  • Viola

Part 4

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Tenor Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Cello

Part 5

  • Bassoon
  • B-flat Bass Clarinet
  • E-flat Baritone Saxophone
  • Trombone
  • Euphonium T.C.
  • Euphonium B.C.
  • Tuba
  • String Bass

Timpani
Percussion

  • Bass Drum
  • Bells
  • Snare Drum
  • Suspended Cymbal
  • Temple Blocks
  • Wind Chimes
  • Wood Block


Errata

None discovered thus far.


Program Notes

Donkey Riding is an old sailor’s song that originated on ships that sailed from Glasgow, Scotland, and Liverpool, England, to bring back timber from Canada. Donkey Riding was sung as a work song to help the sailors load lumber onto the ship decks. The “Donkey” in the title refers to the donkey engines used in loading the cargo onto the ships. The melody is based on the Scottish march Highland Laddie which had also been transformed into a sea chantey. The sea chantey was not related to the work song, but was sung by British and American sailors plying the Atlantic Ocean. A version of Donkey Riding was sung by cotton stowers on Mobile, Alabama.

- Program Note from score


Performance Notes

Can be played by a minimum of five wind/string players. Percussion parts are not required but add a lot to the overall ensemble sound.


Commercial Discography

None discovered thus far.


Media


State Ratings

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Performances

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Works for Winds by this Composer

Adaptable Music


All Wind Works


Resources

  • Coakley, D. (1998). Donkey Riding [score]. Eighth Note Publications: Markham, Ont.
  • Perusal score